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Plum Herman Tree

Dual Purpose Eating & Cooking Plum Trees
  • £42.99 (VAT Free)
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A tasty early variety the Herman Plum has a good sweet-sharp flavour and is delicious eaten straight from the tree or used for culinary purposes. The dark purple skin encloses yellow flesh with a good flavour.

From Sweden in the 1970s, Plum Herman is a tough variety that will suit harsher climates, producing it’s fruit in early season, mid July. As a self fertile plum tree, Herman does not require a pollination partner and so can be grown alone.

  • Use: Dual purpose, culinary and dessert
  • Cropping period: Early season
  • Heritage: Sweden 1970
  • Pollination group: B Self Fertile
  • Height in 10 years*: Pixy (dwarf) 3m, St Julien A (semi vigorous) 4-5m

Planting Herman Plum Trees

Plum, Gage & Damson trees will not grow happily in a pot long term, they need to be planted in the ground. All other fruit trees can be container grown. Plum trees should be planted at a minimum of approx. 3m between each tree. Our pot grown Herman Plum trees can be planted at any time of the year, whereas bare root plum trees need to be planted between November and March.

Whether planting a pot grown or bare root plum tree, prepare your planting site by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 3x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, apply root grow by sprinkling in the hole for pot grown trees or preparing and applying the gel mixture for bare root trees.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost (avoiding multi-purpose), fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting fruit trees using a stake and tie kit and a rabbit guard. The help and Advice section has further information and videos.

Watering Herman Plum Trees

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. Make sure to keep an eye on young plum trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Once the fruit begins to swell, water again. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first few growing seasons.

Pruning Herman Plum Trees

It is important to prune your plum tree for the first few years after planting to ensure a healthy, balanced shape. Your tree should have one central leader and several strong side shoots. Straight after planting, remove the lowest laterals and prune the rest back to about 10-15cm in length. Carry out this type of formative pruning in early spring.

In the following years, remove any shoots growing out of the trunk to maintain a clear stem. Also remove any crossing, diseased or damaged branches. If your tree is looking overcrowded, remove some of the larger branches to open up the canopy. Carry out this type of pruning in spring or mid-summer.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The green tree shows the 20 year height of the product you are viewing now when grown on different rootstocks. This guide has been created to aid in your selection, as growth rates are affected by the general vigour of a variety and not just the rootstock its grown on. For more information about rootstocks see rootstocks explained. This diagram should be used as a guide only.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification rootstock Root type typePrice Quantity Qty
Plum Herman Tree rootstock: Pixy (dwarf) Root type: 12L pot type: 2 year old / 120-150cm Plum Herman Tree Price £42.99 (VAT Free)
Pixy (dwarf) 12L pot 2 year old / 120-150cm £42.99 (VAT Free)
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Plum Herman Tree rootstock: St. Julien A (semi-vigorous) Root type: 12L pot type: 2 year old / 150-180cm Plum Herman Tree Price £42.99 (VAT Free)
St. Julien A (semi-vigorous) 12L pot 2 year old / 150-180cm £42.99 (VAT Free)
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