[NAFEX] Wild fruit (beach plums) provide a tart treat

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Wed Aug 11 10:59:45 EDT 2004

I have some grafted on St. Julian, and they do nicely on that, becoming
large shrubs, except that the ones I have are in different locations.  Since
they bloom so much later than regular plums, and aren't self-fertile, mine
have never set fruit as the plums nearby are all gone when they bloom.
Luther Burbank is said to have used them in crosses and one of the
selections would bloom and set fruit continuously.
-Lon Rombough

At 07:29 AM 8/11/2004 -0700, Mark wrote:
Does anyone in NAFEX grow beach plums in an environment that is not near the

I've got two seedling beach plums that I purchased from Ken Asmus at OIKOS
Tree Crops, several years ago.  Planted along the edge of my orchard, close
to the European & Japanese hybrid plums, though I don't recall if their
bloom periods overlap.  I'm probably 500-600 miles from a beach, discounting
the swimming beach I made at the farm pond a hundred feet away from these
beach plums.
The two bushes I've got are quite disparate in size - one's about 3 ft tall,
the other at least 6 ft.  No problem with brown rot or any other
disease/pest(that I've noticed), and they're not (yet) suckering - if that's
a trait of the species.  I have a good clay soil, and these are located in a
spot with good drainage, but definitely not a beach setting.
They set and matured a good crop of fruit last year - small, but tasty, and
many just dried up on the plants after ripening, almost like raisins,
without dropping.

Lucky Pittman
USDA Cold Zone 6
AHS Heat Zone 7
Hopkinsville, KY 
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