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Shiro plum

Prunus x salicina
Shiro is a bright yellow Japanese-style plum, which is partially self-fertile and easy to grow.

USDA identification images for Shiro

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.

    Visitor reviews

    • 05 Sep 2023 
      Yellow Japanese type plum. Tasty when ripe it looses flavour when overipe

    Tree register

    United States


    • Species: Prunus salicina - Japanese plum


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Flesh colour: Golden / Yellow
    • Fruit size: Small
    • Fruit shape: Round


    • Cling-stone: Semi-freestone
    • Picking season: Early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Dual purpose
    • Picking month: July


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 1
    • Pollinating others: Good
    • Vigour: Slightly small
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
    • Site conditions: Sheltered site
    • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
    • Pruning: Do not prune
    • Flowering season: Mid-season


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

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average
    • Bacterial canker: Some resistance
    • Brown rot: Some susceptibility
    • Blossom wilt: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Shiro plum trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.

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