Hello. I am looking to buy an Italian plum tree. I have looks around but cannot find a nursery that sells them. I am in Toronto but also go between the city and Barrie, Ontario. I would love to know where to find these fruit trees. Also, is there anything specific I should be aware of before planting one. I intend to plant the tree in my cottage in Wasaga Beach. Thank you.
Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners.
An Italian Plum tree, Prunus domestica should do well in your zone 5b Wasaga beach cottage area and I am sure you will be able to source your plum tree. The Toronto Master Gardeners cannot recommend specific companies or nurseries. You may want to consult the Landscape Ontario web site for a source.
You will want to consider a few points before selecting your fruit tree. Early prune plum trees mature 15 days ahead of Italian plum trees. This would be a good choice if you generally have an early frost in Wasaga. Make sure you select a variety that is self pollinating. For example, the European plum tree, Mount Royal is a self pollinating semi dwarf zone 4 plum tree which would grow in your area . Plum trees fruit after 5 years of growth so be patient. Purchase a tree that is at least 2 years old. Proper pruning is essential for good fruit setting and development. You may want to hire an arborist to instruct you in proper pruning techniques or check the internet for detailed instructions.
Good luck with your plum tree.