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plum-apricot mystery fruit

Posted by marklee z8 Seattle (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 15, 04 at 14:31

What is this fruit? I found a small tree full of these overhanging the sidewalk in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle. They tasted like apricots and were slightly sweet. The skin was smooth and a little bitter and a little tangy, no fuzz. The creamy texture of the flesh was similar to fresh apricots, and the pit was not joined at all to flesh. These were really ripe. Half were on the ground, half still on the tree. I am saving the seeds of the handful I grabbed off the ground to grow seedlings. I might go back for scionwood. I should have grabbed some leaves for an ID. It might have been planted on purpose in the past, but it looks like no one is going for the fruit now and it hasn't ever been pruned.
-Mark Lee, Seattle


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RE: plum-apricot mystery fruit

Could this be the infamous Pluot?? A cross of a plum and apricot. There are at least four types in various colors of skin and flesh.


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RE: plum-apricot mystery fruit

I doubt that this is a pluot. I grow three types of these (from Zaiger Genetics, purchased through Raintree Nursery). It is not like these. The mystery fruit is much smaller, the size of a quarter, as shown in the photo. It also more productive and earlier than my standard pluots.
-Mark


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RE: plum-apricot mystery fruit

Looks more related to the plum. I have a honeymoor plum which is the same size,but has slight blush and is sweet.


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RE: plum-apricot mystery fruit

A friend from the NAFEX group I think has correctly identified it as an apricot-like cherry plum, Prunus cerasifera. Here is a photo of such a plant for comparison.

I couldn't see my original photo for a time today, so I have included a link to it if anyone else has problems seeing it.
-Mark

Here is a link that might be useful: http://mysite.verizon.net/piper33/MysteryFruit.jpg


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RE: plum-apricot mystery fruit

  • Posted by lisa2 coastal CA (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 25, 04 at 16:41

plum cherry


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RE: plum-apricot mystery fruit

mirabella
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirabelle_plum


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