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PLUM Sultan

Prunus spp

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Early to mid season, medium to large red fleshed, deep red skinned plum that is soft and juicy and has good flavour. Recommended for its small tree size and very reliable good crops.

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Sultan is partially self fertile, though pollinators include - Burbank, Elephant Heart, Omega and Santa Rosa.

Golden Queen – Used for small amount of plum varieties. Vigorous rootstock growing to 6 meters.

Myrobalan - Vigorous rootstock growing to 6 meters. Tolerates clay and heavy soil.

Mariana – Is a semi dwarf rootstock that tolerates poorly drained soil.


Accepting of a wide variety of soils, but best with deep, well drained fertile soil.


A sunny and sheltered position is best, protected from Spring frosts. Plant 4-5m apart from other trees.


European plums are suitable in most areas of the country, including the coldest regions. Japanese plums need less Winter chill and need protection from late Spring frosts so can also be grown in warmer, Northern regions. 


Water frequently while young then during long dry periods and when the fruit is developing.


Never prune Plums from March through to July, due to disease risks. Prune during dry periods from Spring to Summer to control vigour and to shape. 


Diseases like Silver leaf and Bacterial blast can affect Plums, but with careful cultural practices they normally need minimal care. 


Varieties range in ripening time from mid Summer to early Autumn.


See pollination chart. Plant at least one pollinating variety to ensure good fruit production.


Height up to 5-6m.


Central leader or Vase shape.


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Wonderful Plum Sultan tree

By Caroline from Auckland, 21 months ago

I've found this variety to be an excellent plum tree for our small garden space, which has heavy clay and warm humid conditions. It's a heavy cropper and smothers its self in blossom in September followed by fruit in January which you need to thin out otherwise its branches my break with the weight of plums. I did find that I had to pollinate it by hand using a feather, since it flower very early in the Spring and there's not much insects around to pollinate. It doesn't grow that tall which is an advantage for picking the fruit more easily.