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Satsuma Plum on Myrobalan (Spring 2022)


A dramatic red-fleshed plum from Japan. Also known as Blood Plum of Satsuma.

The tree is medium to large, upright-spreading, and vigorous. Moderately productive when young, it bears heavier crops as the tree becomes older. Satsuma has no significant disease issues, and like other Japanese plums, it is resistant to black knot. It is not self-fertile, and it should be grown with another Japanese plum. Recommended partners include Santa Rosa, Beauty, Burbank, Methley, Shiro, Toka, and Wickson. This tree has a low chill requirement, which has made it a California favorite.

The fruit is smallish and round with a skin that is mottled red and green and speckled with pale green dots. The dramatic, deep red flesh is firm and juicy, and the flavor is excellent, rich, and somewhat almond-like. "Satsuma," says Hedrick in Plums of New York, "besides being one of the best of its class in quality for either dessert or culinary purposes, keeps and ships very well."

Satsuma was the first Japanese red-fleshed plum to be grown in America. It was raised by the California horticulturalist Luther Burbank from a bag of seeds sent to him from Japan in 1883. Burbank introduced the variety in 1889. It is possibly a parent of Mariposa.

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The tree is medium to large, upright-spreading, and vigorous. Moderately productive when young, it bears heavier crops as the tree becomes older. Satsuma has no significant disease issues, and like other Japanese plums, it is resistant to black knot. It is not self-fertile, and it should be grown with another Japanese plum. Recommended partners include Santa Rosa, Beauty, Burbank, Methley, Shiro, Toka, and Wickson. This tree has a low chill requirement, which has made it a California favorite.

The fruit is smallish and round with a skin that is mottled red and green and speckled with pale green dots. The dramatic, deep red flesh is firm and juicy, and the flavor is excellent, rich, and somewhat almond-like. "Satsuma," says Hedrick in Plums of New York, "besides being one of the best of its class in quality for either dessert or culinary purposes, keeps and ships very well."

Satsuma was the first Japanese red-fleshed plum to be grown in America. It was raised by the California horticulturalist Luther Burbank from a bag of seeds sent to him from Japan in 1883. Burbank introduced the variety in 1889. It is possibly a parent of Mariposa.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Plum
Subcategory: Japanese

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: Japan
Introduced in: 1889
Introduced by: Luther Burbank

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 8
Chill hours: 300
Ripening date: Aug 17 (approximate, in New York State) 15 days before Stanley

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Myrobalan Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (50% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 18'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Black Knot: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (50% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

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