This is one of 3 trees. they were just loaded this yr-sold 20 bushels! We have one tree that was the same as this-it got ran over and then half were this kind and half were a smaller yellow(like the kind when i was a child)this yr we still have half small yellows and now the other half were solid red and heart shaped-totally different from the originals!!! I just love that tree-ant the new plums are so tastey!
I got some off shoots from a damson plum tree at a friend's house. Hope I can get some growing. But it will take me a few years to get the results you have pictured above. and really I guess damsons are more for jellies and jams.
What kind of plums are these?
Too bad. I am loosing a nectarine tree to something. Looks like brown rot from a picture I saw of the leaves, but the fruit does not look like the photos I saw. Such a wierd, wet year for Texas and not much time for spraying. Next year I probably will not do a garden so that I can concentrate more on the fruit trees.
We have NO fruit on these trees this yr and are battling with a fungus that keeps coming back!! most of the fruit trees-peaches apricot and nectarines lost their blossoms this spring with a late frost!! next yr!!!!!!!!!!
That is a shame. I printed off the picture of your plum tree and showed it to my wife. It looked so good. I read the description of brown rot again and am convinced that I have it. I guess that I need to prune off the pitted limbs and spray with a fungicide every ten days and hope for next year. Good luck to ya'll, Mike
Crestedchick, you probably know by now but green gage plums are one of the finest. Very, very sweet. I remember my mother saying how much she loved green gage plum jam. I have planted one but it isn't old enough to bear fruit yet. I hope it will be by next year, though.
Green gage plums do not turn purple, but when you taste them you won't mind. Green gage goes back centuries and has been prized for that long. For my taste, they are sweeter than Asian plums and better for eating raw. Asian plums are tart and good for cooking, preserves, etc. This is just me. I don't know what others thinks. But green gage is good for jam and other recipes too. It is just that it is sweet right off the tree. European plums that I know are all sweeter than Asian plums. But there is a use for tart plums in many recipes.
That is a beautiful plum tree! I wish I could reach through the computer and grab one.
I'm on a mission to find a real sweet yellow plum. I want yellow, since I already have 2 blue/purple. My Italian plum is delicious and loaded but not ready to pick yet. My other is a Stanley that I just planted last year. Does anyone know how Stanley taste? My apricot tree was loaded this year and I made 28 jars of jam. It hasn't produced much in the past because of freezes.
If anyone has a good recommendation for a yellow plum that you have tasted and like, please let me know. DM
Green Gage plums are at my supermarket right now and sell for $2 per lb. They have always been one of my favorites. I can only imagine how good they are when tree ripened.
NotMartha --- Wish you were my neighbor. They look fantastc!!! Then again we can't grow plums down here...
My county extension agent recommends Stanley plum after trials here in New Mexico. I haven't tried it, but if I find a place for another tree, Stanley may very well go there.
There is also a yellow gage plum which dates back to France a century or more ago. I think they are available at various mail order nurseries but I found one at Raintree: http://www.raintreenursery.com/catalog/productdetails.cfm?ProductID=C055
This one is self fruitful. I suspect you will find yellow gage at other nurseries as well.
Hi all you plum experts (and others too). I have 2 Japanese plums in pots, a Methley semi dwarf and a Stark Delicious dwarf. After our new house is built, they will be planted. We are in 7B, just N of Raleigh NC.
My real problem, I think, will be deer and rabbits. I know I'll have to spray fungicide and some moth killer (unless you organic folks have a suggestion).
Does anyone know if deer love plum trees ? A rabbit already ate some bark off the Methley while still in the pot. I want to know what fencing effort I will need to make.
All I know about plums now is the fun times eating the wild ones in Augusta GA when I was a kid (loooong ago).
I am not a plum expert, but I can tell you that deer do like plums. In fact they seem to like all the fruit trees that I know of except I am not sure about pears. They have never eaten my pears. My neighbors have two plum trees and the deer come through and eat leaves etc. Once the tree reaches a certain size, however they can't reach them any more. They get lots of plums from their trees even with the deer taking what they can reach. Maybe a deer fence would be in order until they get tall.
I looked up the Methely plum. Self fertile. Sounds like a great plum. Couldn't find much on the other one.
Don't know about spraying. We don't have to do much of that here in New Mexico.
I have a combination plum tree. Stanley and Shiro. Apparently the Stanley pollinates the yellow Shiro, cause I had 7 Shiros last year. (Just planted them the fall before) The freeze got them this year. But the Shiro was the most delicious plum I've ever eaten. So sweet!
Glad to hear about the shiro being sweet. I have never tasted them, but I think of Japanese plums as being sour. But maybe that is only because of the ones they sell in the supermarket, probably picked too early.
I got a 4-in-1 combination plum from this this year, and I've been defending it assiduously from the onslaught of the Japanese beetles, since there is only one branch of each variety. The idea is successive pollination of all varieties.
I have looked at those 4 in 1's but right now have only one green gage. I have a place which I may decide to use for plums later on. My neighbors across the street have an Asian plum which is badly in need of a pollinator, but I don't know if Shiro will do it. I'm not read to decide yet anyhow. So I keep researching possible replacements for a cherry tree I have which I think was too root bound when I bought it several years ago and doesn't look as if it is going to come out of it. Besides, I wouldn't mind having another plum, I already have 2 cherries in addition to the non-growing one.
I have a 4 in one pear which is doing well, but it takes forever for a pear tree to bear.
I t hink the combos are a good idea for people with limited room for trees, because you can get your cross-pollination on a single trrunk. But I also have a plumcot that ought to pollinate plums, altho isn't supposed to bear here because it's too cold - except that I'm counting on global warming.
Shiro is one of the varieties on my combo tree, and I'm looking forward to it.
I know. I ordered a mini apple tree from Raintree this spring. Put it in a big pot on the deck and it's doing great. I'm thinking I may get another variety next spring. I need to buy stock in these mail order companies, as much as I order!!!
I have bought trees from Stark's but I do prefer the selection at Raintree. They really scout for good trees for home growers. I got my 4 in 1 pear from Raintree. Another good one is Bay Laurel Nurseries in California. I get most of my info from the Seed Savers' Exchange's Fruit and Nut Inventory.
It is good to hear from someone who already has one. I am leaning toward Shiro. I have an Italian and a Stanley. Do you think they would be good pollinators for Shiro? When in the season are they ready to eat? I'm looking for an early yellow that is sweet. Not asking for much (smile). DM
I only know that Santa Rosa is the pollinator I will be seeking. You would have to check the pollinator lists to find out about Stanley. They are ready about the second week in August - and they are just nothing but yummy. I suspect they are not found in the marketplace because they are pretty soft when they are ripe. Handling those would be a real problem.
One of the many reasons for growing your own fruit at home is that many time honored and delicious varieties are not available in stores or even in a lot of Farmers' Markets. I have never seen Shiro in a store, nor have I seen Green Gage. The same is true of many, many wonderful fruits. How many stores sell crabapples of any kind? A hundred years ago, families had fruit trees and canned and preserved many fruits for winter. Nowadays we plant the kind of trees that produce beautiful flowers and little or no fruit. I agree cleaning up the fallen fruit can be a problem, but I would hate to live without some of these varieties which have become unusual.
I wonder about them, too, especially since around here the fallen fruits attract bears. If we don't use them, we'd best gather them up, compost them and/or take them to the dump or to the local wildlife center which uses them to rehab injured bears getting ready for hibernation.
If you don't have bears in the area, no worry. If you do, eat the plums and clean up the ones that the deer don't eat.
Bears aren't threating to humans, normally, but they can do stupid things like try to climb the tree and break it or leave giant piles in your patio or yard. If they are really hungry they can try to break into your house and can even open your fridge!
But don't worry about them if they aren't common in your area.
I have some adorable photos of the raccoons - mom and 3 kits - up in the Italian plum tree - picking the ones I couldn't reach. On the other hand, my brother who lives in the Midwest would never describe raccoons as adorable, for there he has had to replace the roof after raccoons ripped their way under the shingles - more than once!