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Stone Fruit

Cherries, Plums, Apricots, and for dreamers, Peaches

Cherries, plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, almonds, and mayday, sandcherry are all members of the same genus, Prunus. I have the first 3. I'm considering a russian almond, more as an ornamental. (The nuts are small and don't taste nearly as good the conventional almond, but it will survive here, and is very pretty in spring. Loads of pink flowers.) Peaches, I fear, are only a dream, right up there with avocados and oranges.

(But hold to that dream: I've read of peaches in Siberia. The guy goes to insane measures to overwinter them. Hope springs eternal.)


We are marginal for apricots. But a tree ripened apricot is wonderful. The tree is a decent ornamental, and is covered in early spring with pink flowers, and red leaves in fall so it earns its keep even in years it doesn't produce. Apricots need a seemingly impossible combination of site factors: Cold in spring, but hot in summer. See Apricots for details.

Food -- Apricot

Species/Cultivar Container/Format Count Size Price
Apricot, Debbie's Gold #10 Growbag (42 qt) 1 10-12 ft. $160.00
Apricot, Debbie's Gold #8 Std pot (24 qt) 8 9-10 ft. $100.00
Apricot, Westcot #8 Std pot (24 qt) 10 8-10 ft. $90.00

Cherry Plums

Cross a western sand cherry with an asian plum and you get a Cherry Plum or Chum. These hybrids are fertile with other members of their group. You can grow them as a tree, but generally they do better as a large bush.

Fruit is bigger than a cherry, smaller than a plum, and if you leave them on the bush late they get very very good indeed.

You need both Sapalta and Mustang to get fruit.

Food -- CherryPlum

(# plants)
CherryPlum, Manor #5 Std pot (15 qt) 5 5.5 $40.00
CherryPlum, Mustang #10 Growbag (42 qt) 2 6.5 $120.00
CherryPlum, Sapalta #15 Std pot (45 qt) 3 8.5 $100.00


Native Cherries

The two native cherries are both shrubs 6 to 12 feet tall, and usually about 1/3 of that wide. Fruit is not suitable for fresh eating but makes good jam. More info about Native Cherries

Romance Cherries

These were developed by the University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program. They have released 6 types so far. I get a batch each year and at any given time have 2-4 types here. More info: Romance Cherries

Other Cherries

We also carry Nanking and Evans Cherries.

Food -- Cherry

(# plants)
Cherry, Carmine Jewel #1 Std pot (3 qt) 20 2.5 $18.00
Cherry, Carmine Jewel #2 Std pot (6 qt) 3 2.0 $25.00
Cherry, Carmine Jewel #5 Std pot (15 qt) 3 1.5 $40.00
Cherry, Chokecherry #1 Std pot (3 qt) 15 1.7 $12.50
Cherry, Chokecherry #2 Std pot (6 qt) 36 1.6 $18.00
Cherry, Chokecherry #2 Std pot (6 qt) 16 2.5 $18.00
Cherry, Chokecherry 1000 ml Styroblock 101 1.7 $6.00
Cherry, Chokecherry 125 ml plug 180 1.3 $3.00
Cherry, Cupid #5 Std pot (15 qt) 4 1.5 $40.00
Cherry, Evans #1 Std pot (3 qt) 30 2.1 $18.00
Cherry, Evans #5 Std pot (15 qt) 2 2.5 $40.00
Cherry, Nanking 'Pink Candles' #2 Std pot (6 qt) 1 2.0 $18.00
Cherry, Pincherry #10 Std pot (30 qt) 1 2.0 $70.00
Cherry, Pincherry 1000 ml Styroblock 540 1.7 $6.00


I'm just learning about plums. I bought one in 2011. In 2013 I bought two more types. This year we have four cultivars, and two kinds of wild plums, and a two types of ornamental ones.

European plums are often self fertile. Asian and North American Plums need two varieties. Worse, the hybrids are not mutually good cross pollinators.

Food -- Plum

(# plants)
Plum, American Wild #5 Std pot (15 qt) 9 3.3 $80.00
Plum, Brookgold #10 Growbag (42 qt) 2 4.5 $120.00
Plum, Brookgold #10 Growbag (42 qt) 4 5.5 $120.00
Plum, Brookgold #10 Growbag (42 qt) 3 6.8 $120.00
Plum, Brookgold #8 Std pot (24 qt) 4 6.5 $90.00
Plum, Brookred #10 Growbag (42 qt) 5 4.3 $120.00
Plum, Brookred #10 Growbag (42 qt) 2 6.8 $120.00
Plum, Canadian Wild #5 Std pot (15 qt) 3 2.5 $120.00
Plum, Pembina #10 Growbag (42 qt) 2 5.3 $120.00
Plum, Pembina #8 Std pot (24 qt) 10 6.5 $90.00
Plum, Tecumsey #8 Std pot (24 qt) 5 6.5 $90.00
Plum, Warburg Wild Plum #10 Std pot (30 qt) 2 3.3 $325.00

Black Knot Fungus

This entire group (Cherries, plums, peaches, apricots) suffers from an endemic fungus disease called 'black knot'. Black knot looks like a dried dog turd on the branch. It will kill the tree. The jury is still out on whether black knot is a single species, or a genus of related species that are specific to the particular cherry or plum. The first source below comments that spores from wild plum don't affect domestic plum.

Dealing with it is not complicated. In fall you prune the infected branches and burn them.

If you don't have it on your native cherries right now, then likely you can keep it in check with an hour's patrol on a fine, calm fall day.
If it gets ahead of you, you can lose all of your cherry trees and bushes in a few years. If you live on or near a wooded acreage, it is a good idea to walk the nearby areas too. Both of our native cherries go pink/orange in the fall, and hold on to their leaves after the poplar drop theirs.
Take a walk, looking for pink. Mark the location with GPS, then come back after they finish to check them for black knot. One snip at the source may save you a lot of grief later.

Information about black knot

Good overview on pruning: To be or knot to be

Management of Black Knot Biology of it.

Black Knot Good pictures in this article.

The Problem Of Black Knot Fungus And Fruit Trees

Black knot on Wikipedia

My experience has been that purple leaved cultivars are more susceptible than their green leaved counterparts. (Schubert Choke cherry compared to native choke cherry; purple leave ornamental flowering plums compared to their green cousins.) I think that this is due to low energy. All that purple pigment gets in the way of photosynthesis. With the food factories running on a 'work to rule' basis, there isn't the energy to fight off infection.

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