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Bluebyrd plum tree

Prunus domestica 'Bluebyrd'

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Bluebyrd is a late-ripening European plum, with a dark blue skin and particularly sweet yellow flesh.

Bluebyrd european plums for sale

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $38.95
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    Vigorous rootstock
    Out of stock

How to grow

Bluebyrd will often over-set fruitlets after the blossom, and for best fruit-size and flavor it is usually necessary to thin the crop in late spring.

It was developed specifically for resistance to the fungal infection black knot.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Bluebryd was developed at the Kearneysville, WV, research station of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and released in 1998. It was named in honor of Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia,  a long-standing supporter of the station.

Bluebyrd characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshCulinary
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceAverage
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Chill requirementHigh-chill
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow
  • Fruit colorBlue - dark