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AU Producer

Howdy, boy, does this one produce! An Auburn University hybrid (War Eagle!), the tree is a vigorous grower and usually bears a heavy crop in it's second year. The fruit is juicy with excellent sweet flavor great for fresh eating and cooking. Coloring is dark red with red flesh. Resistant to black knot disease. Ripens late June.

Zones 5-8. (700 chill hours)


Queen Rosa

Queen Rosa is a lightly freckled, dark red/purple plum with juicy, mild, light amber flesh. When cooked or raw it has a tangy flavor, but leaving the skin on adds some sweetness to the cooked fruit. Ripens late June.

Zones 5-9. (550 chill hours.)


European

 

 Bluebyrd

Released by USDA in 1998, Bluebyrd is an excellent European type

plum for home garden use. The fruit is blue with amber flesh, medium to large in size with excellent flavor and high sugar content.

The tree is vigorous, productive and needs a pollinator.

 Zones 5-7.  (700 chill hours)


Stanley

This European variety is often grown mainly for drying, but is also good fresh and canned. The deep purple oblong fruit is freestone with yellow flesh. A self-pollinating variety, it is a heavy bearer and ripens early September. Late blooming for frost protection.

 Zones 5-7.  (700 chill hours)


Planting Information

What a great summer treat to eat a plum straight off the tree juicy and sweet! Plums have been grown and cultivated for centuries and were even included in the Hanging Garden of Babylon, and are used in all sorts of recipes from fresh in salads and ice creams, to cooked in jams, jellies, chutneys, pastries and sauces.

 

Plums require full sun, well drained and moderately fertile soil on high ground or ground that is not in a frost pocket to avoid late spring frosts.  Japanese plums ( the round juicy type in the grocery stores ) require cross pollination with another variety to ensure better crops unless noted as self-pollinating. European plums ( oval and blue ) are self-pollinating. Set trees out with Orchard Starter Tablets, and in succeeding years fertilize with a complete fruit fertilizer. Bearing begins a 2-3 years.

 Recommended spacing is 16-18 ft.

 

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