The Hollywood Plum Tree is a gorgeous edible ornamental that is prized for the early spring profusion of showy pink blossoms, fragrant white flowers, purple leaves, and sweet ruby red fruit. This showstopper needs to be center stage in your landscape, you will want everyone to have a front row seat and unobstructed view of this beauty.
All About The Hollywood Plum
In March, the Hollywood Plum Tree produces delicate pink blossoms that herald the start of the growing season. These soon transform in to a riot of showy white blooms that perfume the air with their sweet, intoxicating scent. The copper/purple leaves peek out behind the curtain of white flowers and shine all summer long. In late July/early August, beautiful red fruit tempt you to pick just one for a sweet taste. The Hollywood Plum is not just a chorus member of the landscape, it is the star!
The stunning ruby red fruit is unique with a pretty dark red skin and deep red flesh. Hanging from the tree in clusters, the contrast between the red fruit and dark leaves give this plant its ornamental claim to fame. The fruit is sweet and flavorful perfect for fresh eating right off the tree. The Hollywood Plum is colorful and juicy making it a perfect plum for cooking, baking, and preserving. The unique dark red flesh looks gorgeous when sliced in a tart or glistening jewel like in a mason jar.
In the fall, when the rest of your plants in your garden are turning brown and yellow, the Hollywood Plum Tree is shifting to showy burgundy leaves with a hint of dark purple. A three season performer, the ornamental Hollywood Plum will be ready for its curtain call again in early spring.
This Japaneses varietal, Hollywood Plum Tree, can be grown successfully in USDA zones 5 through 9. It is hardy to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit and requires only 400 chill hours. With this wide range of zones and low chill requirements, this plum tree is a great option for a wide diverse geographical set of locations.
When planted in full sun, at least 6 hours, and well drained soil, the Hollywood Plum Tree, prunus cerasifera, will shine in your home orchard. With a manageable mature height and spread of 10 to 15 feet and an upright growth habit, this showstopper will take center stage in your garden all year round. Whether you plant your plum tree as a garden focal point, a hedgerow, or part of your edible landscape, you will be rewarded with a beautiful specimen plant.
Edible Landscape Plants
The Hollywood Plum Tree is a delightful tree to plant as the centerpiece of your edible landscape.These upright trees are beautiful and classified as an edible ornamental. With stunning burgundy colored leaves and dark purple plums, the Hollywood Plum Tree is an edible ornamental standout.
Surround your Hollywood Plum with other edible plants for your own unique fruiting garden. Add a trellis with showy grapes as a backdrop, check out How To Grow Grapes In Your Own Backyard for some great ideas. Under-plant with some blueberries, try Jewel Blueberries or Bluecrop Blueberries to add to the color and texture of your edible garden.
If you plant the Hollywood Plum and the Howard Miracle Plum as pollination partners about 20 feet apart, then a trellis of grapes and foundation plantings of blueberries will provide you with delicious fruits all season long. You can add some strawberry plants, rhubarb plants, elderberry bushes, and other pretty, fruit plants to complete your unique edible garden landscape.
Alternatively, you can mix in some colorful vegetable plants along the way. The Jerusalem artichoke with pretty yellow flowers would be a stunning contrast to the dark Hollywood Plum Tree leaves. Rainbow Swiss chard is low growing and would be gorgeous around the blueberry plants. Finish the edges off with colorful Nasturtiums and you will have a garden that is the envy of your neighborhood.
Imagine all the wonderful and interesting preserves you can make with this type of edible landscape. Not only is it beautiful, you are gowning your own healthy food. Your culinary skills will be elevated too, with all this fresh produce right outside your front door.
Be sure to tag us on social media #minnetonkaorchards while you are designing, planting, tending, and harvesting your beautiful fruiting garden. We are looking forward to seeing your progress.
Frequently Asked Questions About The Hollywood Plum Tree
Is the Hollywood Plum self fruitful?
Yes, the Hollywood Plum Tree is self fruitful. However, to decrease petal drop and increase pollination, a pollination partner is recommended. This will in turn, increase the trees crop yield.
What is the best pollination partner?
The Howard Miracle Plum Tree is a perfect pollination partner for the Hollywood Plum Tree.
Does The Hollywood Plum have a long harvest?
Yes, the Hollywood plum ripens early, and hangs for a long time on the tree thereby extending your harvest time.
How far should I space my Hollywood Plum Trees for high density planting?
For high density planting, plant your trees 5-10 feet from the trunk center. This will give you a dense, prolific crop of plum trees.
Should I mulch my Hollywood Plum Tree?
Yes, mulch your Hollywood Plum Tree with 3 inches of organic mulch. Spread the mulch out approximately 3 feet under the tree. Be sure to allow space between the tree trunk and the mulch by keeping the mulch several inches from the trunk.
Do Plum Trees make a good hedge?
The Hollywood Plum Tree makes a beautiful hedgerow. Use the high density planting method for a substantial living fence. The added bonus is all the plums you will get to harvest.
When is the best time to order my Hollywood Plum Tree?
If you plant from a root stock or nursery cultivated trees, it is best to plant them in the winter when they are dormant. This gives the trees a running start once the ground thaws in early spring,
Do plum trees require a lot of maintenance?
Plum trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow and are an excellent choice for newbie orchardists. There are varietals that grow in almost every region of the US that require only a minimal amount of maintenance.
What type of soil to plum trees like?
Plum trees require well drained soil that is composted with organic material. Mix in organic compost to boost the soil’s nutrition levels and add aeration. This will help your tree get off to a great start.
How many types of plum trees are on the market?
You will find lots of great plum trees for novice growers and expert orchardists. Visit our wide selection of plum tree reviews to decide what plum tree is perfect for your zone, climate, and fresh eating preference. Go to Minneopa Orchards All About Plums as you first stop in researching a wide selection of different varietals.
Order Your Hollywood Plum Tree
Nature Hills Orchards is the go-to online plant purveyor in the US. Their Hollywood Plum Tree is superior to any other online orchard. Their #3 plants are 2-4 years old and deliver a plant that will produce fruit within a year or two. These harvest ready trees provide a head start on your fruit growing, getting you off and picking sooner than if you purchase a small sapling that may not even been 1 year old.
While you are there, add the Howards Miracle Plum Tree to you cart, it’s the best pollination partner for the Hollywood Plum Tree and will add variety to your home orchard. Don’t forget to add the rest of your edible landscape garden plants. Planting your new garden bed all at once will be like having a fruit orchard spring up in your yard. You will find lots of great ideas for your plot plan in the garden center on Amazon.
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