Commercially grown plums in the U.S. are the descendents of Asian rootstocks first introduced in the Central Valley in the 1870s by Luther Burbank. Burbank brought the Japanese trees here and planted them on his farm in Santa Rosa where they flourished. Today through crossbreeding there are a number of modern plum varieties in a wide range of sizes and colors including red, yellow, purple, green, blue and black.

California produces the lion’s share of the commercial plum crop accounting for approximately 90% of the total U.S. production. In addition to more than two hundred varieties that ripen at different times during the peak summer season, there are a select few that ripen into the fall.

Burchell Nursery provides its customers with the utmost planting flexibility by offering most of its varieties as Ready Start® Potted Trees. Please consult with your Healthy Start Trees™ field representative for current availability and pricing.

Rootstocks for Plums

At Burchell, we offer you a choice of 22 varieties of plum trees on these rootstocks.

CitationLovellMarianna 26-24
FlordaguardM-40Myrobalan 29C
NemaguardController 5 (PP#15,228)+Guardian® Brand (BY520-9)
NemaredController 9 (PP#15,225)+
+ Sold under license from the Regents of the University of California. Propagation without a written license is prohibited.

Plum Varieties