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Underwood Plum

P.simonii x P.salicina Shiro x P.americana Wyant
Univ. Minnesota 1921  (MN 91)

 

ne graft on Tri-Plum 2011  (with LaCrescent & 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 - End of last Dec. smaller limb broke off in heavy thick snow. Cleaned up wound April.  
5/26 full bloom. 5/31 freeze 25 deg. No fruit.

Cut scion Feb., grafted on amer.plum7 rootstock. Didn't take. Try again '21.


2019 - Good bloom, no fruit, healthy leaves.


2018 - Good bloom - no fruit. Good 12-18" growth, many fruit spurs.  Need to graft onto a new rootstock.


2017 - Graft has overgrown rootstock scaffold it was grafted to. Maybe not long lived. Need to graft onto own rs.


2016 - Good blossoms but later (5/29), others about done. Timing with cherry plums. No fruit. Pruned 6/3.


2015 - In spite of poor fruit set year harvested a dozen small but very good yellow fleshed red plums!


2014 -Healthy growth and leaves. No fruit.


2013 - Lots of blossoms when hard frost. No fruit. Underwood earliest to blossom. Leaves healthy, no blight.


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: Medium-to-large 2" dull red fruit. Firm sweet juicy golden-yellow semi-freestone flesh, very good for eating and cooking. Long picking season. Blooms earlier and longer than most hybrids. Long ripening season. Vigorous large spreading tree.



Copyright Susan Robishaw


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