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Methley plum

Methley is an early-season Japanese plum. It is reliably self-fertile, and crops heavily from a young age.

Methley plum identification images

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USDA identification images for Methley

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2016 season

    • 12th April  2016  - tree owned by Donald in West Hartford, United States
    • 10th March  2016  - tree owned by Karen in Salado, United States

    2015 season

    • 1st May  2015  - tree owned by Donald in West Hartford, United States
    • 4th March  2015  - tree owned by Karen in Salado, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2015 season

    • 2nd week July  2015  - tree owned by Donald in West Hartford, United States


    • Species: Prunus salicina - Japanese plum
    • Parentage: Prunus salicina x Prunus cerasifera


    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour: Purple - light
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Flesh colour: Dark red
    • Fruit size: Average
    • Fruit shape: Round
    • Country of origin: South Africa


    • Cling-stone: Clingstone
    • Picking season: Early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Picking month: July
    • Picking period: mid-July
    • Picking period: late July


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 1
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
    • Growth habit: Upright-spreading / Vase


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 5 (-29C)
    • Chill requirement: Low-chill
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Warm climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

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