[NAFEX] Wild North American Prunus spp. - plums & cherries; repli
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Sat Nov 27 18:33:01 EST 2010
Thank you, as always, for the replies.
*Matt: Thanks, then I won't expect much when my P. nigra cv. 'Bounty' fruits and, from your description, I will see about finding local populations of P. americana to try - I've never tried any and I've heard mixed reviews; I have two P. americana saplings. And, more so: if you say that the American plums that you've tried were better then the beach plums, then they must be good. I had a feeling that they'd be low in sugar content, acidic, and as such, sour.
*Ginda: I didn't ask about the P. serotina because that is the only wild Prunus, other then P. maritima, that I am familiar with.
*Jerry: I find that low-branched, often young, black cherry trees exposed to full-sun bare heavily. I've found some which are, naturally, better flavored and larger then others and I'm always looking forward to the day that I find an exceptional tree - when I do, I'll make a selection of it and begin breeding. Fortunately, they are precocious in fruiting and a quick growing tree, unlike American persimmon (btw, I found a recently cleared site which will remain open this fall which hosts perhaps 300 persimmon saplings, perhaps all are around 3' to 6' tall and none have produced fruit yet. I can't wait until they all do - I'll have 300 trees from which I may have a chance of finding a good one).
*Bill: That sounds right: Prunus serotina (wild black cherry); the bark is black, to a degree.
*Michael: I have no doubt that the jam from black cherry would be excellent; I'd mix mine with juneberries/serviceberries and other fruit.
*Claude: I find your description of P. pensylvanica very interesting - I was afraid of that... A lot of sources say it's a small shrub-tree but I didn't think so. As for being too high to pick, as with P. serotina,
I bet if it were grown in full-sun, like a persimmon tree, it would sport branches baring fruit low-enough to pick; maybe it would stay less then 25' in full-sun?
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