[NAFEX] Ornamental plum fruiting?

S & E Hills ehills7408 at wowway.com
Tue Jun 30 11:28:34 EDT 2009


I have a Newport flowering plum (red-leaved) that has set fruit a couple of
times.  The fruit is small, dark-red and TART!  Squirrels seem to enjoy it
though.

 

Scott Hills

Zone 6b Michigan

 

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mark Angermayer
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 9:58 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
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?

 

Mark

KS

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