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  • From: "Lon J. Rombough" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Re: Cherry Plums
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 18:53:40 -0700

Title: Re: [NAFEX] Re: Cherry Plums
Having grown some of the so called white bullaces (P. insititia) and being familiar with the big, bronze type of muscadines, I can definitely see how European settlers might call the grapes "Bullaces".    There is a definite similarity of appearances.    
   Given the northern European origin of the Bullace plum, you probably would spend all your time fighting disease on them in the South, and they might not get enough chilling to fruit well anyway.
-Lon Rombough

"They are the kind of plums the Europeans usually call

In this part of the southern US, the wild muscadine is
called "Bullace Grape" and I've noted that "Bullace" is
another name for "Balata" the dried sap of the Bully Tree
(Manikara bidentata) used in making golf balls.
I was told years ago that "Bullace" was a contraction of the
Scottish term for "Bullet" but later learned in ballistics
that "Bullet" was derived from the French word for a small
ball--"boulette". The Bullace you mentioned probably caused
early settlers to mistakenly or purposely call the muscadine
a Bullace Grape.  I know that Bullaces grow in clusters
unlike any other plum with which I am familiar. They are
delicious and wish I could get them to grow and produce
Doc Lisenby

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