Burbank Plum

Burbank Plum

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Sorry this variety is unavailable this season. We're taking a break from this variety to try out some new ones; check back another year, or let us know you missed having it!

History: Burbank plums were introduced to the West by Luther Burbank, "The Wizard of Horticulture." He grew them from Japanese seedlings he received in 1885 and the variety was named after him, so, somewhat confusingly, they are actually a Japanese plum despite the English name. The variety was introduced commercially in 1897. 

Why We Grow It: Burbank plums are lovely with colours ranging from yellow skin and red blush to a dark purplish red. These clingstone plums have good flavour and firm flesh, great for fresh eating, canning, or making into jelly.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam and loam, like plenty or organic material.  Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Relatively cold hardy and compact, produces heavy crops. Somewhat resistant to plum curculio and black knot.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different Japanese plum variety that blooms around the same time 

Flowering Time: Middle

Ripens: Early August

Storage: Keeps about a week in the fridge.

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, canning, preserving

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip grade: 100cm+
  • Branched grade: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
  • <1m Whip grade: less than 100 cm