What type of plum is this?

SortaOrganic(7)July 17, 2012

3 years ago I purchased what I thought were 2 Damson plum seedilings. They were shipped pre season bare root, and were about 18" tall. (I have no clue where I ordered them from.) Although they are still a bit spindely, they flowered for the first time this year, and I decided to leave 3 or 4 fruits on each of the trees because I couldn't stand it! :) I cut them open tonight, and well, they sure aren't Damsons. They are close enough by sight to fool me, and I have picked and processed a bunch of them over the years. The flesh is much softer than a Damson, bright red in color, and the flesh can be removed from the stone fairly easily. The skin is a very dark purple just like the Damson fruit. The only other thing I can add is they had been grafted when I got them. The trees are close to 8' now. Any help with identifying them would be appreciated. Also, if anyone within a 100 mile radius of Harper's Ferry VA has any for sale, drop me a line. Thanks!

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

They appear too large, too round and the wrong colour for Damsons, which are similar in shade to Blueberries with a bloom to the skin. But you already know they aren't. I'm not sure what you mean by 'they were grafted' when you bought them. If they were advertised as seedlings they wouldn't be grafted. And if they were grafted onto seedlings the grafted variety should have been named by the seller. Can you clarify?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 12:53PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

There are many purple plums. If you included a picture of leaves and of full fruits not cut up it would make it possible to guess some possibilities. It looks like an asian plum, and that can be confirmed by the leaf shape.


    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 6:01PM
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flora uk: I know next to nothing about fruit trees, but they were grafted at the base. There was nothing I remember about the sellers ad saying they were.

scottfsmith: I'll get a pic of the leaves posted as soon as I can. Working out of town for the next few days. I may have a pic of the fruits on my phone.

Thanks for the replies.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 9:14PM
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Looks like a satsuma from the color of the meat

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 1:54PM
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Campanula UK Z8

It looks like a japanese plum, prunus salcifolia. The fruits are deep red, small and juicy, sometimes called a beach plum, I think. The only other possibility I can come up with is the cherry plum, prunus cerasifera - a great hedging plum which makes really good jam.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 4:57PM
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