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LaCrescent Plum

P. salicina Shiro x P. americana Howard Yellow
Univ. Minnestota  1923

 

se graft on Tri-Plum 2011  (with Underwood & Gracious)

 

LaCrescent on TriPlum tree 2018

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  PLUMS

     Alderman

  American

  Gracious

  Grenville

  LaCrescent

  Mont Royal

  NorthernBlue

  Sapalta Chum

  South Dakota

  Underwood

  Waneta

 Rootstock - I think it was from a planted cherry plum (would have had to be from Sapalta) in 1991, transplanted 2001, then 2004 to current spot. Small, yellow, large pit fruit, little flesh. 2011 cut off 3 main branches 1-2 ft from trunk. Rind/bark graft La Crescent (se) (Fedco scion), Underwood (ne) (Fedco scion), Gracious (w) (own tree fresh cut). 2 scions, 2-3 buds each. Left one original branch (should have cut off next year! But didn’t till 2017). All took and grew well.



2021 - Hot, dry spring. 5/18-21 all plums in full bloom. 5/27 four nights freezes 24-30 deg. No fruit.   Decided to cut down tree as the overgrown and split grafts of LaCrescent and Underwood are not getting any better. Both of those varieties leaves continued to be healthier than the other plums however. But the continued lack of fruit due to spring frosts and/or pollination issues makes me wonder if it just isn't viable to grow plums here. Removing this tree did open up this area so hopefully the better air circulation will be better for the other plum trees.


2020 - 4/18 cut off secondary limb at large rough graft juncture, carved back dead wood, hope it heals some now. 5/26 full bloom. 5/31 freeze 25 deg. No fruit.

Cut scion Feb., grafted on amer.plum9, rootstock died. Try again '21.


2019 - Sept.7-11     5 ripe fruit, juicy, very good


2018 - Good bloom - 1 fruit, small but tasty, juicy, sweet - Sept 1. Long whippy growth high, not much low. Leaves continue healthier (along with Underwood) than other plums. Need to graft onto a new rootstock.


2017 - Bloomed. One small fruit; cracked (very wet year); picked 9/9 - very good. Moderate blight/leaf holes, aphids. Graft area overlarge, hollow, ants. Early June cut out large left (ctr) branch at gobby base. Wood healthy under graft bark. Also pruned off an east branch. Looks better. Good bloom, timing with others, no fruit. Moderate leaf holes/blight; healthy new growth. West limb may be original chum rootstock.


2016 - Good blossoms, 2 fruit. Ate 8/23. small, 1 - 1 1/4". Nice, sweet, slightly sour skin, small pit, maybe overripe but very good.


2015 - In spite of poor fruit set year got 3 small yellow plums. Harv. early Sept. Very good!


2014 - Healthy leaves and good growth. Pruning to open up center. Full blossom. One plum! First fruit. Very good.


2013 - Lots of blossoms when hard frost. No fruit. Leave of LC and Underwood healthy (others blighty).


2011 - TriPlum - grafted 3 varieties April 7 onto Rootstock - I think was from a planted cherry plum (would have had to be from Sapalta) in 1991, transplanted 2001, then 2004 to current spot. Small, yellow, large pit fruit, little flesh (but good), tough skin. 2011 cut off 3 main branches 1-2 ft from trunk. Rind/bark graft La Crescent (se) (Fedco scion), Underwood (ne) (Fedco scion), Gracious (w) (own tree fresh cut). 2 scions, 2-3 buds each. Left one original branch (should have cut off next year! But didn’t till 2017) which had a half dozen fruit. All grafts took and grew well.

Rootstock 2007 had some fruit, small, yellow, little flesh. Only good for pollination. 2010 had a few small fruits. 



Online Notes: Late Summer. Also known as Golden La Crescent or Golden Minnesota. Most of the hybrid plum varieties are colored with some variation of red and orange with a little purple tossed in. Yellow-skinned La Crescent is one notable exception. The beautiful roundish tender thin-skinned yellow fruit is sometimes blushed with a little pink. Tender yellow juicy flesh of excellent quality is sweet, aromatic and suggestive of apricots. Freestone. Upright spreading vigorous tree.



Copyright Susan Robishaw


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