Problem with Mount Royal Plum

misterpatrick(4)April 24, 2012

Hello all,

the house I purchased last included a Mount Royal plum tree that's probably older than 30 years. Last year it was decimated by Japanese beetles and this spring has yet to put forth any buds. I am wondering if it is just slow getting going or if it has died. The crab apple next to it is in full bloom right now.

If it has died, what are the next steps for replacement? Cut it down, pull the stump somehow and replant? I've never replaced a tree before.

What are some nice varieties of self-pollinating plum for zone 4? Should I stick with the mount royal of look at something else?

Thanks!

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Mt. Royal is usually slow in spring, give it another 2 weeks, scrape the bud and stem open and see if green.
If dead, I would cut it down and leave a 2 foot stump, it might shoot out again.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 7:34PM
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misterpatrick(4)

Thanks Konrad,

I was hoping it might be something like that. We purchased the property last spring so not sure what the cycle is with this particular tree. I'll give it a few more weeks and see what's up.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 12:48PM
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