[NAFEX] Ornamental plum fruiting?

ROBERT W JUDY A HARTMAN hartmansfruit at msn.com
Mon Jun 29 23:21:29 EDT 2009

Thundercloud which is an ornamental red leafed plum will sometimes have fruit on it.  Usually they are smaller than golf ball size but they are edible.  Normally they don't have plums on them or very few and then once in awhile they will be loaded.  There are probably other varieties that do the same.  Of course they aren't as tasty as a regular plum but they can be eaten.  I can't vouch for all ornamental red leafed plums.  You might be interested in reading Arthur Lee Jacobson's article on purple leafed plums:

Western Washington
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mark Angermayer<mailto:hangermayer at isp.com> 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers<mailto:nafex at lists.ibiblio.org> 
  Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 6:57 PM
  Subject: [NAFEX] Ornamental plum fruiting?

  I had some kin call and tell me their red leafed ornamental plum is fruiting, currently about golf ball size.  My first inclination is they were actually sold a fruiting variety instead of an ornamental.  However, I wanted to ask, are there some ornamental plums that will occasionally produce golf ball sized fruit?  I suppose it is possible to mutate back to a fruiting variety.  If it does happen, how common?  They wanted to know if the fruit was safe to eat.  Obviously if it truly is a plum (I haven't seen the tree) it's safe, but are there any poisonous fruits that look like plums?

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