Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' Plum

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Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' Plum 40cm Evergreen Trees Direct
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Description

Prunus salicina 'Mariposa', commonly known as the Mariposa Plum, is a delightful and flavorful fruit tree celebrated for its sweet and juicy plums, beautiful blossoms, and compact growth habit. This cultivar is a type of Japanese plum and is prized for its unique features that make it a popular choice for home orchards and edible landscapes.

Common Name: Mariposa Plum
Mature Height (meters): Typically reaches a height of 2-3 meters, forming a compact and manageable canopy.
Mature Width (meters): Spreads to approximately 2-3 meters, creating a well-proportioned and fruitful tree.
Spacing: Plant with adequate spacing to allow for the tree's mature size and to optimize air circulation and fruit production.
Leaves: The leaves of Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' are ovate and glossy green, providing a lush backdrop to the tree's blossoms and fruit.
Flowers: In early spring, the tree produces stunning pink to white blossoms that cover the branches, adding a burst of beauty and fragrance to the garden.
Fruit: The Mariposa Plum is renowned for its large, round, and sweet plums with deep purple skin and juicy, flavorful flesh. The plums are excellent for fresh eating, baking, or making preserves.
Form/Habit: 'Mariposa' Plum boasts a naturally compact and rounded growth habit, making it an excellent choice for small gardens, containers, or as a productive addition to edible landscapes.
Sun: Thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily for optimal fruit production.
Maintenance: 'Mariposa' Plum is relatively low maintenance, but regular pruning may be required to maintain its compact shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage fruiting.
Water Requirement: While it prefers regular moisture, it can tolerate moderate drought once established, but consistent watering is essential for fruit development.

Planting your Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' Plum

How to Plant:

  • Choose a location with well-draining soil and exposure to full sun.
  • Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball and place the tree at the correct depth.
  • Backfill with soil, water thoroughly, and add mulch to conserve soil moisture.

Caring For Your Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' Plum

Caring for Prunus salicina 'Mariposa':

  • Prune as needed to maintain the desired shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage fruit production.
  • Provide consistent watering, especially during dry spells, to ensure healthy fruit development.
  • Enjoy the beautiful blossoms in spring and the sweet, juicy plums in summer for fresh eating or culinary use.

Frequently Asked Questions about Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' Plum

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When is the best time to harvest Mariposa Plums?
    Mariposa Plums are typically ready for harvest in early to mid-summer when they reach their full size, and the skin turns deep purple.
  • Can 'Mariposa' Plum be grown in containers?
    Yes, it can be grown in large containers or pots, making it suitable for patios and small spaces.
  • Is it self-pollinating or does it require a pollinator tree?
    While it can produce fruit on its own, having another plum tree nearby for cross-pollination can enhance fruit production.

Description

Prunus salicina 'Mariposa', commonly known as the Mariposa Plum, is a delightful and flavorful fruit tree celebrated for its sweet and juicy plums, beautiful blossoms, and compact growth habit. This cultivar is a type of Japanese plum and is prized for its unique features that make it a popular choice for home orchards and edible landscapes.

Common Name: Mariposa Plum
Mature Height (meters): Typically reaches a height of 2-3 meters, forming a compact and manageable canopy.
Mature Width (meters): Spreads to approximately 2-3 meters, creating a well-proportioned and fruitful tree.
Spacing: Plant with adequate spacing to allow for the tree's mature size and to optimize air circulation and fruit production.
Leaves: The leaves of Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' are ovate and glossy green, providing a lush backdrop to the tree's blossoms and fruit.
Flowers: In early spring, the tree produces stunning pink to white blossoms that cover the branches, adding a burst of beauty and fragrance to the garden.
Fruit: The Mariposa Plum is renowned for its large, round, and sweet plums with deep purple skin and juicy, flavorful flesh. The plums are excellent for fresh eating, baking, or making preserves.
Form/Habit: 'Mariposa' Plum boasts a naturally compact and rounded growth habit, making it an excellent choice for small gardens, containers, or as a productive addition to edible landscapes.
Sun: Thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily for optimal fruit production.
Maintenance: 'Mariposa' Plum is relatively low maintenance, but regular pruning may be required to maintain its compact shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage fruiting.
Water Requirement: While it prefers regular moisture, it can tolerate moderate drought once established, but consistent watering is essential for fruit development.

Planting your Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' Plum

How to Plant:

  • Choose a location with well-draining soil and exposure to full sun.
  • Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball and place the tree at the correct depth.
  • Backfill with soil, water thoroughly, and add mulch to conserve soil moisture.

Caring For Your Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' Plum

Caring for Prunus salicina 'Mariposa':

  • Prune as needed to maintain the desired shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage fruit production.
  • Provide consistent watering, especially during dry spells, to ensure healthy fruit development.
  • Enjoy the beautiful blossoms in spring and the sweet, juicy plums in summer for fresh eating or culinary use.

Frequently Asked Questions about Prunus salicina 'Mariposa' Plum

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When is the best time to harvest Mariposa Plums?
    Mariposa Plums are typically ready for harvest in early to mid-summer when they reach their full size, and the skin turns deep purple.
  • Can 'Mariposa' Plum be grown in containers?
    Yes, it can be grown in large containers or pots, making it suitable for patios and small spaces.
  • Is it self-pollinating or does it require a pollinator tree?
    While it can produce fruit on its own, having another plum tree nearby for cross-pollination can enhance fruit production.

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