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Alderman Plum

Burbank x Older ~ Univ. Minnesota,  1986


grafted 2017 onto nw branch of Grenville Plum


Alderman Plum fruit 2023

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Alderman fruit on tree 20232023 - Full bloom 5/19-25, mid 20's freeze 5/25-27. But set 3 beautiful first fruits! Picked 9/13 - very good, nice flavor, lightly sour skin, beautiful red fruit, 2 - 2 1/2", 3/4 oz.

2022 - Blossoms, 2/3 open when 26 deg freezes late May. No fruit. Vigorous growth.

2021 - Hot, dry spring. 5/18-21 all plums, chums full bloom, including a number of blooms on Alderman, with "later" group (only 3 days apart on all plums) with South Dakota and European blueplums. 5/27 four nights freezes 24-30 deg. No fruit.   Good summer growth.

2020 - 5/29 bloom starting, 4 days after rest of plums but with South Dakota. No fruit. 5/20 put another graft on lower branch of same limb. Grew well.

2019 - Had blooms, no fruit.

2018 - Very good growth, many short & long side shoots, summer pruned tip, good looking graft union.

2017 - Scion from Bob Purvis. Grafted to Grenville, to be 1/3 of tree nw. Slow to start but one bud grew well --> 18".

Online Notes: Univ Minn dieback or other signs of disease... Consistent, uniform, does not need thinning. Fruits adequately in partial shade. Displays late mid-season ripening...smooth apple red, clingstone; flesh yellow, sweet, firm, but juicy....fall foliage red. (HFT) medium to large J clingstone fruit 2-2.5 inches in diameter. The skin is a dark red and the flesh is a golden hue, both exceptionally sweet for a Japanese plum and very juicy. It is firm in texture ...late plum and ripens in late August. tree vigorous growth, precocious and heavy bearer, self-sterile, no known problems with disease...cross between Burbank and Older. ...Tree: somewhat spreading, vigorous, and precocious. Profuse large, white, flowers. Bloom date is mid to late; best pollenized by South Dakota or Superior, but Waneta and Toka okay. very good eating and keeps well. Ripe about Sept. 1-5 in central MN.

Copyright Susan Robishaw

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