FW: [NAFEX] UW-River Falls Professor Develops Hardy Plum
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Jan 23 10:10:53 EST 2004
Just got word back from Brian - the plum has not been named yet. Still just
a number. I've asked if I can post the number.
Subject: [NAFEX] UW-River Falls Professor Develops Hardy Plum
Here's a recent press release that may interest some of you. Unfortunately,
it doesn't mention the cultivar's name. -- Sam
UW-River Falls Professor Develops Hardy Midwestern Plum (Jan 16, 2004)
Commercial plums from California now have a hardy Midwestern cousin.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls plant breeder Dr. Brian R. Smith has
developed a plum cultivar that stands up to Wisconsin's winters and produces
fruit to rival its sun-kissed kin.
Smith, a professor of horticulture at UW-River Falls and a state commercial
fruit specialist with UW-Extension, created the new cultivar by crossing a
plum variety adapted to Wisconsin's frigid winters with a Japanese dessert
plum. The new hybrid yields fruit as large and tasty as any California-grown
plum from the grocery store, he says, but also withstands subzero
temperatures and sports a more easily managed semi-dwarf growth habit.
He hopes one day to see plums join apples, cherries, and strawberries as a
commercial Wisconsin fruit crop.
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