Sweet Plum #2917
Chinese Sweet Plum - Sageretia theezan
Width: 9” Height: 11” Depth: 9”
General Information: Tropical plant. Very small leaves, exported from southern China. Bisexual, pinkish or whitish flowers with fruits that are drupes. Give winter protection. A tropical evergreen tree with naturally small leaves of less than 3/4 inch (2 cm) that reduce even smaller. The leaves are lightly veined, green leaves that are almost bronze when they emerge. Growth habit is stiff and angular with truly prolific back budding. The Sageretia's bark sheds while the tree is quite young and the trunk becomes multi-colored with age. Small white flowers in spring give way to small black fruits (3-5 mm) during the summer and into autumn.
Lighting: Full morning sun, shade in the afternoon/evening. Can take full sun all day but watering requirements increase dramatically. Beware of leaf burn when moving from shade to full sun.
Temperature: The Sageretia is a subtropical tree and indoors needs a cool period coupled with lowered illumination. The tree should be held at 55-60 F for 6-8 weeks around the winter solstice. Once nighttime temperatures are consistently over 55 degrees, move tree outside. In warmer climates, the Sageretia can be grown outdoors all year round. The Sageretia loses leaves at temperatures below 55F. It loses minor branches if the temperature dips below 25F. Below 25F the tree will experience major dieback, but can recover (the tree buds easily from old wood, new wood, roots)
Watering: This tree enjoys slightly moist soil, but will wilt and die if allowed to dry out completely. Wilting can be recovered from only by a very healthy tree. Check moisture level everyday with chopstick or bamboo skewer.
Feeding: Feed every 2 weeks in spring/summertime with Mir acid. Slow feeding to once monthly in late autumn/winter. Alter feeding schedule to current light levels not temperature.
Pruning and wiring: Usually only trained via the clip and growth method. The angular growth and extravagant back-budding make shaping easy. The tree supports all classical stylings easily. Weekly pinching of new growth is required to maintain completed form.