the scarlet beauty is a very early blooming, low chill, japanese style plum with bright red skin and scarlet streaked flesh. It has medium sized fruit with excellent flavor and softens rapidly. Very heavy bearing.
when grown organically, it has excellent flavor and is very juicy. generally this is a sweet-slightly-tart fruit. if allowed to fully ripen on the tree, fruit becomes colored, and flavor turns exceptionally sweet. while many of the fruits are about 1.5-1.75" in diameter, we've had some mature to 2" in size when given enough food and water in the weeks leading up to harvest.
and while it is truly a self pollinating variety, it generally produces even more if cross-pollinated. another scarlett beauty or even the native chickasaw plums make good pollinators. it requires only 150 chill hours and is well suited to zones 8b-9, and even zone 10a. (some nurseries also include zone 7, but that's a bit too cold most winters.)