Plum tree varieties, Denver
I am replacing an italian prune plum tree, which has borne fruit for us reliably, but has died of old age/snow storm damage.
I'd like to get a plum that is better for eating out of hand--I really like the italian prune for jam and making prunes, but I prefer other types for eating raw. Does anyone have any experience with santa rosa plum trees on the front range? They are sold in some of the local nurseries, but I don't want to have a fruit tree that only produces occasionally, I'd like one that is pretty reliable. How about mount royal--it seems to be reliable here, but I'm unfamiliar with it. Is it a tasty plum for eating, is it just a variation on italian prune?