Plant Guide

Prunus 'Billington'

plum Billington, Japanese plum Billington

Small deciduous tree with white blossoms in late winter and dark red plums in summer. Fruit has firm, sweet tasting, juicy, red flesh. Use as fresh fruit, or for cooking and preserving. Partially self-fertile. Pollinators: 'Black Doris', 'Wilson's Early', 'Omega' or 'Santa Rosa'. Sometimes available as part of a double-grafted plum tree.

Prefers a sunny position in fertile, well-draining soil. Good disease resistance.

Prunus 'Billington' is an early-fruiting plum with a heavy crop of fruits ripening around Christmas time in New Zealand. Beautiful dainty appearance when in flower during winter. Good 'all-rounder'.

Type of plant

Tree - Deciduous


3-4 m tall

Landscape Use

flower display, edible fruit


  • Temperature: Hardy
  • Light: High
  • Moisture: Medium
  • Soil: Medium
  • Wind tolerance: Average