what kind of cherries are these?

AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)July 19, 2013

Can anyone identify what kind of cherries these are? They are from a tree/bush in the side yard of an abandoned house next door. The green things are apples so disregard them. :)

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fabaceae_native

Call me crazy, but those are no cherries at all...

They are probably some type of plum (that just happens to be the size of a cherry), since cherries are rarely that round, have so small an indentation where the stem connects, and come free of the stem so cleanly. Also the coloring/spotting, etc... would be very unusual for a cherry. If you're not convinced, do a google image search for different types of cherries.

Don't let the size fool you, even among wild cherries and plums there is some size overlap...

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 10:26PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Agree...taste them.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 11:11PM
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AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)

I have tasted them, they are sweet but do not t taste like a cherry,they do kind of taste like a plum, but being the size of s cherry I didn't think they were plums.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 11:21PM
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AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)

Could they be cherry plums?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 11:37PM
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steve_in_los_osos

They look a lot like some "Sierra" plums I had at a CRFG meeting last weekend. If so, they are a selection of wild plum which has been around for a long time. Those look kind of small, but that could be culture. The ones I had were delicious. Gotta find some scion wood!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 11:07AM
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ltilton

If they're wild; they should come true if you plant the seeds.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 1:13PM
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steve_in_los_osos

There's "wild" and theres wild. "Sierra" is a particularly good selection of wild plum. So Nature has done some playing around with it perhaps, either through natural hybridization or mutation. It *might* come true from seed.

Several vendors offer trees. The Arboreum.biz and Sanhedrin (though I think they don't currently have any).

This post was edited by steve_in_los_osos on Sat, Jul 20, 13 at 20:34

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 6:16PM
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AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)

Well whatever they are they make a good jam. I used a cherry plum jam recipe and canned 8 half pints and I still have enough to make another batch. :)

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 6:58PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Please post a picture of the plant -- overall and close-up

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 8:02PM
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ltilton

Aili - how do you deal with the plum pits?

I find it the very devil to get the pit out of clingstone plums.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 12:54PM
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AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)

When making jam you heat the whole recipe then take it off the heat, run the plums through a colander then I hand squeezed all the plums and removed the pits by hand. It was a huge pain in the arse but the jam turned out good!!

I will try to post a picture of the tree later.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 1:01PM
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ltilton

Yeah, that huge pain part is what I'd like to eliminate.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 2:54PM
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