Dapple Dandy Pluot Tree

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Bare Root

Available for pre-order this fall. Stock will be limited, so order early for best selection.

Optimize Shipping: Shipping is calculated by box size. We can fit up to 8 bare-root fruit trees in a box. Multi-budded fruit trees and Jujube trees will count as 2 due to branching. Optimize your shipping by ordering multiple trees.


Dapple Dandy Pluot- Variety Information 

  • Creamy white and red-fleshed freestone with wonderful plum-apricot flavor.
  • Skin is greenish-yellow with red spots that turn to a maroon and yellow dapple when ripe.
  • Ranks among the all-time top five best-flavored fruits at Dave Wilson Nursery tastings.
  • Needs a pollinator: Flavor Supreme Pluot, Flavor King pluot, Santa Rosa Plum, or Burgundy Plum.
  • Vigorous and prolific.
  • USDA Zone 5-10 & 400-500 Chill Hours Required.
  • Approximate harvest period (for Central CA): June / July.
  • (Pat. No. 9254) (Zaiger)




What is a Bare Root Fruit Tree?

A Bare root fruit tree is a 2-3 year old fruit tree which has been dormant for the winter. It is delivered to you without soil. The best time to plant bare root fruit trees is the end of the winter season. This gives your tree time to acclimate to it's environment before the warmth of spring comes.


Dormant Tree & Plant Guarantee: 

We guarantee that trees that are shipped dormant will leaf out the following spring if you follow our growing and handling instructions.  Any dormant tree that does not leaf out can qualify for a refund if you submit a claim by May 15th.  All deciduous fruit trees, persimmons and jujubes need to be planted in the ground by April 1st to qualify for replacement, unless you are in area where the ground is still frozen at that time.  


In the rare event that your dormant tree/plant has not leafed out by May 1st, please perform a “scratch test” to check for green under the bark.  Just beneath the dry, outer layer of bark in a tree's trunk lies the cambium layer.  In a living tree, this is green; in a dead tree, it is brown and dry. To perform a “scratch test”, scratch off the top layer of bark in a small spot on a branch and on the trunk.  Be sure to do 1 test above the graft union, and a 2nd just below the graft union.  If the scratch test reveals a brown cambium, that means your tree/plant is dead or dying. 


To qualify for a refund, you must submit a claim via email to by no later than May 15th.  Please include your order number in the subject line of your email.  

Claims must include:

-Photos of the scratch test areas

-Your order number

-Name(s) of trees affected.    


We will review your claim and if approved, we will issue you a refund for the purchase price of your dormant tree (excluding shipping).  We reserve the right to not issue a refund for items that have already been replaced.


Protect your tree from sunburn, insects & rodents with PLANT GUARD tree paint & foliar spray.


Protect your roots from rodents with ROOT GUARD the original gopher wire basket. 


Feed your fruit tree with Romeo Plant Food. This water-soluble fertilizer is great for in-ground or in-container growing. 


  • Optimize Shipping: Shipping is calculated by box size. We can fit up to 8 bare-root fruit trees in a box. Multi-budded fruit trees, Persimmon and Jujube trees will count as 2 due to branching. Optimize your shipping by ordering multiple trees.
  • No customer pick-up
  • We can ship our "Other Edibles" (non-citrus plants) and growing accessories to most states, including Texas, Arizona, or Florida. 
  • Sorry, we do not ship any items to the US Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico or to API/APO addresses, or to other countries at this time.
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    Bare Root:

    • The trees are approximately 2-3 years old.
    • Our trees are measured by trunk caliper.
    • Trunk size may vary slightly based on availability during the season.
    • Average trunk size is 1/2"-5/8".

      All of our bare root fruit trees will come pruned so that the reduced root mass is balanced with the canopy to maximize grower success. Our bare root fruit trees are headed back to fit in the 60" tall box that they will ship in. Branches are seldom removed during this process unless dead or damaged and are only reduced to fit the tree in the box so that the grower can decide what branches to keep or remove. This is done in a way that will allow the home grower to continue to grow the tree as a central leader or prune the tree to an open center.


       The tree will be shipped dormant and bare-rooted.

      Growing Conditions

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      Full Sun

      Provide 8 or more hours of direct sunlight per day.

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      8’-16’ MATURE TREE

      The tree will reach 8'-16' at maturity. Not recommended for container planting. Trees can be kept much smaller with judicious pruning.

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      Pollinator Required

      Needs a pollinator: Flavor Supreme Pluot, Flavor King pluot, Santa Rosa Plum, or Burgundy Plum

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      Summer (June/July)

      The season when fruit typically ripens in California.

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      Hardy to -20°F

      USDA Zone 5-10, Requires 400-500 chill hours to set fruit. Protect when temperatures fall below -20°F.

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      Growing Guide

      Potted fruit trees are the easiest trees to plant. The hard part of getting the tree to root is done and your job at this point is to prepare a nice home for your new tree. Our Potted fruit trees are grown in tall and compact containers that are designed to maximize tree size while also being efficient to ship.

      Location is key to the overall success of the tree and the quality of the fruit. Fruit trees prefer a location that has full sunlight exposure. Potted fruit trees are all grafted on hardy rootstocks to give you the best chances of success in a variety of soil types and climates. Choose a location that receives 8-10 hours of direct sunlight per day. This location should have well-draining soil.

      Prepare your planting site by digging a hole about twice the volume of your tree pot. If you notice that your soil is very hard, now would be the ideal time to perform a drainage test. You can test your soil drainage by filling the hole with water. If the hole takes more than 2 hours to drain completely then your soil is poor draining and will need to be amended. If your location is heavy in clay soil that drains poorly, consider mounding up above the native soil with compost and mulch and then planting in your well-draining mound. Once the hole has been dug, backfill with a 50/50 mix of compost and native soil so that the tree can sit flush with the native soil level.

      Once your hole is prepped, you will want to press the tree pot sides and gently remove the tree from its container. Once removed, gently loosen the sides & bottom of the root mass with your hands. Then place the tree in the planting hole and backfill with more of your 50/50 compost and native soil mix. This mix is important to create a buffer zone of soil that is easy for your tree to root into while also introducing the roots to your native soil.

      Now that your new tree is planted, it is time to give the trees a thorough soak. This step is very important to close any air gaps that may have been created while backfilling the tree. If your tree has not yet broken dormancy, only water once a month until the tree leaves out. IMPORTANT: Overwatering before the tree wakes from dormancy can kill your tree.

      Post Planting Tree Care:
      You can go ahead and prune the canopy of your tree at this time. The goal here is to have a canopy that is roughly as large as your root mass. By balancing the root mass with the canopy, you will see much less dieback on your branches and a higher success rate with your new tree. If you want the fruiting wood to begin low, smaller trees may be cut back at planting time to a height as low as the knee (15-20 inches). Any remaining side limbs should be cut back to one or two buds. Larger trees may be cut above existing well-placed low limbs, or they too may be cut back low to force new, lower limbs. If this step is skipped, you will likely see low vigor from the first season, dieback from these long branches, or even complete failure to break dormancy.

      Protect the trunk of your tree from sunburn, pests, and insects with IV Organics Plant Guard tree paint and foliar spray. Paint your newly planted tree from the ground up. This step is particularly important for our growers in the southwest where the climate and the intense sun tend to damage trees.

      Spread 3"- 5” of wood chips or straw over the bare ground. Keep mulch away from the trunk to prevent the trunk from rotting. This insulating blanket will keep the roots of the trees warm and growing and prevent freezing and thawing of the soil. It will also keep the roots of the trees cool and moist through summer.

      Stake trees that stand over 3' tall or in very windy areas for at least a year until their roots grab a firm hold of the soil. Tie the trunk to one or two stakes set beside the tree, using some soft material or padded wire. Allow for some movement of the trunk.

      If your tree does not break dormancy by May, you will want to check for signs of life on the tree. One of the best ways to determine if a tree or any plant is dead is the scratch test. With your nail, gently scratch off the top layer in a small spot on a branch or on the trunk. Just beneath the dry, outer layer of bark in a tree's trunk lies the cambium that transfers nutrients throughout the tree. In a living tree, this is green; in a dead tree, it is brown and dry. If the tree is green and still living, stop watering for the next 14 days. Bare root trees have no leaves and no way to expel excess water. If your tree is dead or does not push after 14 days, contact your grower for more guidance.

      Once the tree breaks dormancy and throughout its first growing season, diligently maintain a weekly watering schedule. One gallon per week per-square-foot spread of the roots. This is also a great time to start fertilizing your tree. Regularly feeding your tree with a dose of Romeo or G&B Organic fertilizer is a great way to boost new growth during the growing season.

      With proper planting and care, new buds will soon push out and your tree will start its journey!