grafted plum

northcountry47March 17, 2012

About 6 years ago I planted two dwarf plums out in the orchard. After the second year in the spring, they both appeared to be dead, but then one put out shoots from the base. I assume that they originated from the root stock that the dwarf plum was grafted to. It is now about 6 feet tall, but I'm not sure it is a plum! The bark looks right but it is covered in long thorns.

Could the original plum have been grafted onto something other than another plum?

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I do know they can be grafted onto any prunus tree, like peach, cherry, nectarine, etc.. Peach is common. But I don't know of any thornes on any of these. Look carefully. Maybe somethng else sprouted at the dead tree's base.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 5:17PM
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kayak_boy(z6 MI)

American (native) plums have thorns from my experience. I'm not telling you what you have is an American plum, but just that wild plums have thorns.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 6:15PM
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Will grafting a plum onto peach tree stock make a semi-dwarf plum tree? How tall?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 7:22PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Prunus americana and prunus spinosa have thorns, probably some other plums as well. Americana is used as a rootstock for some northern plums so it is probably americana.

Grafting plum onto peach will not dwarf it; peach is vigorous as a rootstock.


    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 9:06PM
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Thanks for the help everyone.
I think I will plant a companion plum for pollination and see what develops

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 4:00PM
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