Italian prune plum Southern Alberta grown

mattpfSeptember 15, 2013

Here's a picture of my only fruit left hanging (between my German shepherds the flooding and hail 6 times ) its a miracle this little guy nestled away inside the tree is untouched.

I'm very excited about these Italian plums I got last year. They are the super stars of my backyard orchard. I have the brooks variety and they seemed just as hardy as those in my zone 4 area. One of them I painted white last winter the second I covered in burlap. They both came back strong . Don't know how they would do further north but south of Calgary my Italian plums and apricots seem to be doing well and liking my climate. The apricots suffered sun damage last winter but came back tenfold the Italians just came back ten fold and more no damage whatsoever.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

That's great!
Are you sure it's Italian, ..looks a bit like a Mt. Royal, that would explain the hardiness, it's the hardiest Euro prune plum, semi freestone, take a good look at the pit, post a picture when cut in half.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 8:30PM
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mattpf

Mt royal is some form of the European prune.

These I got are "early Italian " prunus domestica rated zone 5.
"Mt royal" prunus domestics rated zone 3 ??

I've always wondered how they got such a different rating. There is no way they messed these up that bad. Mt royal is a fairly rare variety compared to early Italian also. I doubt Home Depot would even ever get mt royal.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 8:40PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I find more people have the Mt. Royal,...seen HUGE tree in Edmonton, Italian is more of a long plum,..the one in picture is more round, if it's totally freestone then perhaps it's Italian. At the fruit show I've never seen Italian.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 7:42PM
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mattpf

Well around here more people for sure have the Mount Royal.
I've never heard of many others on this forum around these parts having Italian.
That fruit is long shape my camera angle kills it.
I will post picture of the inside of the fruit once I pick it.
They are a very late plum .i know an older guy who has four of them about two and half hours south of me and we never picked them till around late September. In fernie area to be precise. He also grew sweet cherries these were all big trees until he sold the place.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 10:06PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

OK..this camera angle can be misleading.
Fernie is zone 5a,..this will be a challenge for you, some years they will freeze back...same as my Greengage.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 12:15AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Matt,
see how the Italian Prune, [long] looks like.
Click on it to zoom in.

Here is a link that might be useful: Italian Prune Plum

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 11:36AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

This is a German prune called Auenbacher, close to Italian, a little smaller, freestone, still on the tree, my best prune plum.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 7:42PM
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mattpf

Well I tasted Italian plum today. Here's a few good pics Konrad. It's not at all round free stone and a prune exactly like Italian variety I get from bc.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 7:38PM
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mattpf

Here's another

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 7:41PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Great..lets hope she puts on a good crop next year.

My Auerbacher,..[spelled wrong above] picked yesterday, it was a nice treat.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 12:41AM
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mattpf

Those look like some form of the prunus dometica almost same as the Italians. Italian will survive for you and me if your able to grow those very similar plums. I'm going to sprout the seeds also hopefully create a hardier version. I self pollinated mine with a brush and its own pollen.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 3:12PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

No need to pollinate, these are self fruitful,..big advantage growing European plums.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 10:20PM
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bdgardener(3 AB)

Oh, to dream!!!! some day, some day, yummy, Cheryl

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 5:21PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

This is where it starts...dreams do come true.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 11:48PM
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april9(3a)

Got mine from Costco two years ago. what the label said is Mt Royal. The best tasting plums from my garden.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 11:14PM
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Collin001

Those are some impressive results Matt. My own trees only put out between 1-2 plums each for their 3rd summer. I have a feeling it will take a few more years before they bear in any quantity.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 12:59PM
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manitoba_mum

Beautiful plums. Do you have honey bees doing the pollination?

I am so grateful for the hard work the bees do in spring time to get things off to a good start. We live a fair way off the beaten path, but they find our plum and apples blossoms every time. It's always amazing.

Does anyone have problems with sapsuckers?

We have a great deal of trouble with these birds. They drill small, shallow holes, in neat little rows, around the branches and trunk of our fruit trees. I noticed the plums have sharp pointed spurs which seem to provide a small degree of natural protection.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 7:21PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

These Euro plums don't need pollination,..self fruitful.

Yes, Sapsuckers are here,..kind of lucky that they're mostly in
native trees like...birch, willows, chokecherries, evergreens and
Saskatoon. Have a lock next time when a major limb on the Saskatoon or willow dies back..most likely damaged by yellow bellied sapsucker.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 2:36AM
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mattpf

Does anybody else have these late italian plum trees? Mine are just starting to open now.mt royal was done flowering this week.

Looks as if I juiced my trees a bit to much they grew like crazy last year but I did not harden them off and seeing the results. At least they are now fairly fat trunks I've pruned them right down I suspect next year will be good if I do it right this summer.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 9:13PM
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