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Waneta Plum

P.salicina Apple x P.americana Terry ~ N.E. Hansen, SD 1913
 

grafted to American-plum sucker 2015
South Dakota grafted 2017 on sw branch

 

Waneta Plum tree 2017

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  PLUMS

     Alderman

  American

  Gracious

  Grenville

  LaCrescent

  Mont Royal

  NorthernBlue

  Sapalta Chum

  South Dakota

  Underwood

  Waneta

 



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


2020 - 5/26 full bloom. 5/31 freeze 25 deg. No fruit.


2019 - Full bloom. No fruit.


2018 - Full bloom - no fruit. Very vigorous growth, summer prune longest shoots back, even up. Many spurs, stop mulching (plenty enough vigor!). Looks good. South Dakota graft good, too.


2017 - Vigorous growth. Tipped all early May to same height, plus remove many upright spurs to reduce fruit load (well... could have). Few days later than others to bloom. Blossoms missing petals, not full. No fruit. Summer pruned, plus some in Sept. Moderate blight, lot of of aphid damage tips. regrew well though.

Grafted South Dakota on south shoot. Grew vigorous, moderate blight.


2016 - Grew well, 2 strong shoots, 2 smaller. Prune long ones back some, spread for good angle. Lots shothole/red leaves but good growth. summer pruned some (likely could have done more).


2015 - Scion from Fedco - Grafted onto strong nearby sucker of Pembina (which we cut down early spring) which would be american plum. Strong, vigorous, healthy growth.



Online Notes: Midsummer. Large, somewhat pointed, 1-1/2–2" reddish-maroon fruit. Sweet tender translucent orange flesh is very juicy but not dripping. Medium-thick skin, tart and easy to peel. Delicious overall taste. Hansen said of Waneta: "My belief is that in this variety I have combined the best points of the native and the Japanese plum. It is probably the largest [fruit] of over 10,000 seedlings." Early blooming healthy open spreading tree bears reliably in our orchard.



Copyright Susan Robishaw


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