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AU Rosa plum tree

Prunus salicina 'AU Rosa'

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 1
AU Rosa is a heavy-cropping and self-fertile red plum, related to the popular Santa Rosa but with better disease resistance.

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AU Rosa is a Santa Rosa style Japanese plum with a bright red skin and golden yellow flesh.

It is heavy-cropping, self-fertile, and easy to grow.

How to grow

AU Rosa is a high-chill plum, needing at least 700 chill hours. However it is well-suited to growing in warmer climates with hot or humid summers.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


As the name suggests AU Rosa was developed at Auburn University, Alabama, and includes the well-known Santa Rosa plum in its ancestry.

AU Rosa characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Pollination group1
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceGood
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesHot (>30C / 86F)
  • Chill requirementHigh-chill
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow
  • Fruit colorRed
  • Fruit sizeLarge
  • Cling-stoneClingstone

Similar varieties

  • Santa Rosa
    Santa Rosa is the definitive Japanese plum, with dark red skin and a sweet rich flavor.