Use fresh, canned, dried into prunes or in jams or jellies. Good choice for the home gardeners whether you choose to grow European or Japanese plums. European plum tree varieties are easy to grow, self pollinated, need full sun, good for higher elevations and cold micro–climates. They produce medium sized dark blue to purple fruit. Japanese plum trees produce larger crops, are not generally self-pollinated, can be tricky to grow in areas with late frosts due to early spring blooming, but are a delicious plum for fresh eating. Santa Rosa, Burgundy, Satsuma, Methley… enjoy flowering plum trees in your garden!