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South Dakota Plum

P.americana, parentage unknown
N.E. Hansen, SD <1907
introduced by Univ. Minnesota 1949
 

grafted onto sw branch of Waneta Plum 2017

tree on American-plum rootstock

First fruit 2023

 

Waneta Plum tree 2017

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  PLUMS

     Alderman

  American

  Gracious

  Grenville

  LaCrescent

  Mont Royal

  NorthernBlue

  Sapalta Chum

  South Dakota

  Underwood

  Waneta

 


2023 - Vigorous, pruning to get some kind of reasonable shape (~ 1/4 of Waneta plum). Full of blossoms, and later fruit! Lot of aphid issues, plus some PC, looked pretty awful, didn't think there was much good fruit. But it set quite a lot in spite of mid 20's freeze late May when in full bloom. 9/22 started dropping ripe plums (latest of all the plums), smallish but good flavor. A few days later freeze forecast so picked rest though weren't all ripe. But they ripened in storage nicely. Used in sauce with apples.


2022 - Continues vigorous, did some pruning to bring down size (with Waneta). Some blossoms half open when 5/23-24 freeze (26 deg). Other plums full bloom. Set a couple of fruit. Didn't get very big or mature, insect damaged.


2021 - Hot, dry spring. 5/18-21 all plums, including South Dakota in latter group (and Waneta in early group, in full bloom. 5/27 four nights freezes 24-30 deg. No fruit.   Good summer growth.


2020 - Some blossoms opening 5/29. No fruit.


2019 - Several blossoms first of June.


2018 - Vigorous growth, summer prune some, good graft union. Tried direct grafts nearby, didn't take.


2017 - scion from Bob Purvis, grafted to Waneta, sw branch. Two buds grew, vigorous. Top one --> 14", lower one --> 5". Moderate blight.



Online Notes:

Late Summer. Small-to-medium fruit has firm yellow skin with bright red blush. Medium-firm yellow flesh is meaty, juicy, sweet. Excellent fresh-eating quality. Fully freestone. Because of its very long flowering period and American pedigree, we recommend South Dakota as a pollinator for all hybrid plums. Vigorous tree.



Copyright Susan Robishaw


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