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Methley Plum on Guardian® (Spring 2022)


A hardy, reliable, and attractive hybrid plum.

A natural low-growing tree with an open, spreading canopy, Methley offers an attractive and sturdy landscaping tree. It is cold hardy and drought tolerant, it puts out a showy, profuse bloom of white flowers in spring, and it is a reliable cropper that is also resistant to fungal infections such as black knot. Methley is self-fertile, and it makes a great pollenizer for Asian plums, such as Santa Rosa and Shiro.

Methley produces juicy, sweet, red-fleshed fruits with a mild flavor. This early variety (early July in upstate NY, between Early Golden and Shiro) has reddish-purple skin and blood red flesh. This is not a "connoisseur plum," but it is an excellent choice if you want a beautiful, low-maintenance tree with snacks on it.

Methley is a chance seedling that originated in Africa. It is thought to be a hybrid of an American plum and a Japanese plum. It was brought to America in 1922.

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A natural low-growing tree with an open, spreading canopy, Methley offers an attractive and sturdy landscaping tree. It is cold hardy and drought tolerant, it puts out a showy, profuse bloom of white flowers in spring, and it is a reliable cropper that is also resistant to fungal infections such as black knot. Methley is self-fertile, and it makes a great pollenizer for Asian plums, such as Santa Rosa and Shiro.

Methley produces juicy, sweet, red-fleshed fruits with a mild flavor. This early variety (early July in upstate NY, between Early Golden and Shiro) has reddish-purple skin and blood red flesh. This is not a "connoisseur plum," but it is an excellent choice if you want a beautiful, low-maintenance tree with snacks on it.

Methley is a chance seedling that originated in Africa. It is thought to be a hybrid of an American plum and a Japanese plum. It was brought to America in 1922.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Plum
Subcategory: Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: red

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Africa
Introduced in: early 1900s
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Jul 13 (approximate, in New York State) 50 days before Stanley

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Guardian® Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Dwarf (40% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 12'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Black Knot: Resistant
Brown Rot, Blossom Blight, Fruit Rot: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Dwarf (40% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Methley Plum on Guardian®. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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