Early Golden originated in Fonthill, Ontario, Canada and introduced around 1940. It is a seedling of Japanese type with unknown origin and it ripens about two weeks before the Shiro.
Early Golden Japanese plum ripens in mid-July in Upstate New York. It is well known in the Great Lakes region as one of hardiest tree, moreover, it will produce regularly in cold climates. The fruit has medium size and an attractive red blush over golden yellow ground color. It has very sweet flavor. The tree is productive and vigorous. To avoid biennial fruiting pattern, needs heavy thinning and pruning. Grows in cold hardiness zones 4-8.