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Can Japanese plums survive UK winters?

[Glen][Glen] Posts: 73

I'm in the South East and I imagine the most extreme mid-January overnight low would be about -10 Celsius.

Planted outside, can Japanese plum trees survive British winters?

Ideally I'd like an Eriobotrya Deflexa but have not seen these in the UK. Eriobotrya japonica 'coppertone' are sold here as a garden plant, but advertised as being tolerant of only -5 Celsius.

Is there something that can be done to protect them from the freeze?


  • Hi Glen, I have a very productive one called 'Lizzie' which does great in Leicestershire.  It is absolutely covered in blossom in spring and crops at the end of July.  I usually have to thin the crop otherwise the weight breaks off branches.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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