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Japanese Plum


Fruit ripening time: January - February


A blood plum with a sweet, rich flavour and a little tartness. The flesh is firm and quite juicy. 


Medium to large sized, round fruit. A deep-red coloured skin and a dark red flesh. A freestone variety.


A vigorous tree with an upright growth habit. Produces a good crop size. In good years, fruit may require thinning.


Uses: Fresh eating, great for jams and preserves, baking and drying.


Satsuma is partially self-fertile, but pollination is improved with a pollination partner.  


Pollinators: Santa Rosa, Mariposa. 


Tree Size: Approximately 3 - 5 m tall and 4 m wide, depending on the shape.


Tree Care:

For best results plant in full sun, in fertile, free draining soil, preferably a friable loam with good aeration.


If the soil is free draining, dig a hole twice the size of the root ball, plant the tree so the top of the root ball is level with the soil line and back fill with a soil and compost mixture. If the soil is not free draining, plant the tree in a raised mound of soil and compost mix, to prevent water logging.


Choose a sheltered position, out of strong winds.


Water in well at planting, and water regularly, especially in dry spells. Young trees will benefit from being mulched. Apply mulch in a ring around the tree base, keeping clear of the trunk.


Plums are produced on spurs on 2-year and older wood. Prune in dry weather in winter, to shape your tree and develop a good framework. 


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