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And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot

Typical Pine

The edge were tree meets field creates a haven for all sorts of critters.

Cherries & Plums

I’m just learning about plums. I bought one in 2011. In 2013 I bought two more types. Now we have 4 types.

Plums tend to be small trees, typically about 15 feet tall and 10 feet across. Most start bearing at age 6.

European plums are usually self fertile. Asian and North American plums neet two varieties. Worse the hybrid plums usually have sterile pollen. So to get plums you need a pollenator:

In addition to this you can have any number of hybrid plums.

We carry four plums right now:

Brookgold Zone 2. Fruit is yellow/gold with a greenish tinge. Flesh is yellow. Ripens in late August. Freestone.

Brookgold is an Asian plum, and will pollenate other asians, and asian/american hybrids. It needs another asian plum, a Toka or a wild plum or a western sandcherry to be pollenated.

Brookred This is the closest to the round red California plum in the grocery store. About the size of a pool ball, deep red. Trees leaves go red in fall too.

Toka Round red fruit, about pingpong ball sized. Reasonably good pollinator for both Asian and hybrid plums.

Pembina Zone 2. Small Red/dark pink fruit with a white blush. Flesh is yellow. Skin is acidic and thick; but the fruit is slip-skinned. Bite a hole in the skin, squeeze out the interior into your mouth. For jam, you may want to add some of the skin back in, if you like the slightly bitter flavour of marmalade. Fruit is semi-freestone. Mid august harvest. Tends to bear heavily in alternate years.

Pembina is a hybrid plum. Not a good pollinator.

Tecumseh Zone 3. Newly available from my supplier. Bright red, fruit, ripens in mid to late August. Consistent harvest from year to year.

Tecumseh is a hybrid plum from asian plum ‘Shiro’ and American plum ‘Surprise’

American Wild Plum

Canadian Wild Plum

These two are the most reliable pollinators for plums.

Food -- Plum

Species/Cultivar Container/Format Count Size Price
Plum, American Wild Bare Root 2-3 -2 $25.00
Plum, American Wild Bare Root 2-3 30 12-36 in. $30.00
Plum, Brookgold #10 Growbag (42 qt) 10 5-6 ft. $120.00
Plum, Brookgold #8 Std pot (24 qt) -3 $90.00
Plum, Brookgold #8 Std pot (24 qt) 5 5-7 ft. $90.00
Plum, Brookgold #8 Std pot (24 qt) 2 6-7 ft. $90.00
Plum, Brookred #10 Growbag (42 qt) 5 5-6 ft. $120.00
Plum, Brookred #8 Std pot (24 qt) -2 $90.00
Plum, Brookred #8 Std pot (24 qt) 5 5-7 ft. $90.00
Plum, Brookred #8 Std pot (24 qt) 7 6-7 ft. $90.00
Plum, Canadian Wild Bare Root 2-3 -3 $50.00
Plum, Canadian Wild Bare Root 2-3 20 12-36 in. $50.00
Plum, Pembina #10 Growbag (42 qt) -3 $120.00
Plum, Pembina #10 Growbag (42 qt) 9 6-8 ft. $120.00
Plum, Toka #8 Std pot (24 qt) -2 $90.00
Plum, Toka #8 Std pot (24 qt) 8 8-10 ft. $90.00

For further reading:

Pollination Studies with Stone Fruit by W. H. Alderman and C.S. Weir. December 1951.


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