Prunus salicina, commonly called the Japanese plum or Chinese plum, is a small deciduous tree native to China. It is now also grown in fruit orchards in Korea, Japan, the United States, and Australia. Prunus salicina or Japanese Plum is a plant grown for fruit which is a delicious and nutritious snack.
Prunus salicina grows up to 10 metres (33 ft) tall, and has reddish-brown shoots. The leaves are 6-12 cm long and 2.5-5 cm broad, with a serrated margin. The flowers are produced in early spring, 2 cm diameter with five white petals. Fragrant white blooms in the springtime are followed by juicy sweet plums in summer. Varieties are available that produce yellow, red, orange or blue fruits. The salicina species of plums is a bit less cold hardy and earlier fruiting than the domestica species or European Plum. The fruit is a drupe 4-7 cm in diameter with yellow-pink flesh; it can be harvested in the summer. Be sure to plant at least two different varieties of this species to ensure pollination. A good source of vitamin C.