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Prunus salicina

Prunus salicina Prunus salicina Prunus salicina Prunus salicina Prunus salicina Prunus salicina Prunus salicina

Photo Locations: The National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA

General Notes

Heavy thinning is needed for sizeable fruit. They are mostly eaten as fresh fruit. Variety 'Methley' is resistant to oak root fungus.

Native to China.

Family: Rosaceae

Tree Characteristics

Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 15 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity Less than 50 years.

Leaves Oblong to Ovate, Dark Green, Gold, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Purple, Red, Yellow or Mostly Green Drupe, Large to Very Large (1.50 to 3.00 or more inches), fruiting in Spring or Summer Edible.

Bark Dark Gray, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 7 - 12 and 14 - 23.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers, Scales and Spider Mites, Armillaria, Anthracnose, Brown Rot, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot, Rust, Sooty Mold and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Favorable.

Attracts Bees, Squirrels, and Birds.

Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values


Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus salicina Tree Record." 1995-2019. Feb 23, 2019.
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