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

LEE REICH lreich at hvc.rr.com
Wed Aug 11 14:16:01 EDT 2004

Around here, beach plums -- mine, at least -- mature at the very end of

Lee, in the Hudson Valley of NY

Mark Lee wrote:

> Lucky,
> When you said they set and matured a good crop of fruit last year, are
> you referring to last summer?  If so, how are they doing this summer?
> I understand that now is the harvest time for beach plums in their
> native setting.
> Also, the Oikos website that you provided a link to lists a Dwarf
> Beach Plum ‘NANA’ which sounds interesting

> “Precocious fruiting dwarf form developed by finding five individuals
> from 4000 plants that fruited one year from seed and then isolating
> them from the rest of our planting. Fruit size is a little smaller
> than the species but the productivity is greater. True to type from
> seed. Unlike the more typical species this form is slower growing and
> more compact so the plant doesn’t lean over with age. Even if you are
> not into the fruit the dense white flowers in spring are worth the
> wait of winter. Really a beautiful ornamental.”
> I would like to hear from anyone that has tried this plum.
> -Mark Lee, Seattle
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> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Lucky Pittman
> Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 7:48 AM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Wild fruit (beach plums) provide a tart treat
> 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 beach?
> 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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