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Pleasant Hill, CA
May 17, 2018 2:32 PM CST
Does anyone know what type of plum tree can be planted single and bare fruit without the presence of another plum tree? I hope this is making sense 😬 I wanted to get a plum tree but my neighbor told me that I have to get two near each other for them to bare fruit otherwise the tree by itself does not. He said he had one plum tree but didn't get fruit for couple of years until he got another plum tree a few feet away from the first one.
I apologize if I sound ignorant but as you can tell I don't know much about trees 😐

Thank you in advance for your advise/knowledge

Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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May 17, 2018 5:40 PM CST
Per Washington State University, most European plums are self-fertile, although they will produce better with another pollinizer. This may help you - go to page 3 for plums:

I have a Stanley plum that does well with no other pollinizer. To get good cross pollination, your second tree should be within 100' of the first one.
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Name: Bob
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May 17, 2018 7:00 PM CST
Even if yours was not self fertile your neighbors trees if with in 50 to 100 feet of where you are planting yours should be close enough.
May 20, 2018 12:28 PM CST
I have Czar plum that is self-pollinating. However, it is susceptible to a plum moth whose larvae burrow into the top of the plum so you'd need to find out how to treat it. Check on the plums you're likely to buy to see if they are more prone to something. Czar is a nice plum though.

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