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Plum: Prunus domestica 'Starking Delicious'

Botanical name: Prunus domestica 'Starking Delicious'

Common name: plum

also known as (Prunus domestica 'Johnson', gage, prune, European plum)

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, neutral, sand
Zones: 5a thru 9b

bird attracting, bee attracting, edible

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'Starking Delicious' is the most consistently heavy bearer of rich dessert plums. Not only is the red-flesh fruit abundant and luscious, but the tree is disease-resistant, too. 'Starking Delicious' is a clingstone and extra-large if you remember to thin to at least 4" between plums. Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Best in a sheltered site in moisture-retentive soils with good drainage. Needs another variety for pollination - plant with 'Redheart', 'Ozark Premier' or 'Shiro'. You can harvest these wonderful plums in early August in Zone 5. --edited by dtd siegelgirl


Plums are one of the most popular of the stone fruits. This plum is an exclusive introduction from Stark Bro's of Louisiana, Missouri. Stark Bro's sells this variety grafted to several different rootstocks, which control the size of the tree (tree height in parenthesis): standard (15-20'), semi-dwarf (12-15') and dwarf (8-10'). Dwarf trees bear standard-sized fruit but have the advantages of fitting into smaller spaces and of being more manageable (e.g., easier to spray, prune and harvest). White flowers appear in early spring followed by clingstone plums which feature red skins and red flesh and which ripen in mid August (USDA Zone 5). Trees usually will begin to bear fruit in 3-4 years. [Source:]

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