Plums grow in a wide variety of climates with a species for nearly every zone in the U.S. Different varieties of fresh plums are usually available here in Hawaii, but most are not grown here. Plums, believe it or not, actually do grow in Hawaii.
The problem with growing plums in Hawaii is the lack of cold temperatures and inadequate chilling periods. Therefore production is limited to the higher elevations of the islands, above 2,700 feet. The most successful plums grown in Hawaii are known as Japanese plums or Methley Plums. It is indigenous to China but came into the United States via Japan in 1926. It has proven to be the best variety to grow here. The tree is exceptionally vigorous and hardy. It is a heavy producer. The fruit is usually small, anywhere from 10 to 14 making up a pound. The flesh is reddish yellow and the skin is purplish crimson. They are sweet on the inside with a slightly tart skin that is a perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Small Methley plum trees can be purchased in Hawaii at Lowe's stores, when available, according to their website.
March 27th, 2019
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