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Japanese, European, and American Plums. Chapter 19. Types. Three types of plums. Japanese European American A new plum- aprium hybrid. The three types of plums. Japanese P. salicina – these are the fresh market type of plums. Processed into baby food or preserves. “Santa Rose”

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  • Three types of plums.
    • Japanese
    • European
    • American
  • A new plum-aprium hybrid
the three types of plums
The three types of plums
  • Japanese P. salicina – these are the fresh market type of plums. Processed into baby food or preserves. “Santa Rose”
  • They are large, round, and very juicy.
  • They have skin colors of several different colors such as red, yellow, green, to a black.
  • Flesh is color is normally amber-yellow or red
european plums p domestica
European plums – P. domestica
  • These are types of European plums with a high sugar content that allows them to dry without molding.
  • Thus, prunes
  • These are normally oval shape.
  • Blue-purple skin color
  • Have a dry, mealy, yellow-amber flesh that’s not good for eating fresh.
american p americanum p angustifolium p munsoniana
American - P. americanum, P. angustifolium, P. munsoniana
  • These are young varieties
  • Haven’t had much time to breed for size
  • Fruit is round in shape
  • With skin and flesh colors of red or yellow
  • Zaiger family bred and named this hybrid ploutsTM
  • In fact they are plumcots which are ¾ Japanese plum & ¼ Apricot
  • They have the tangy taste of apricots and the high sugar content as well as hairless skin of plums
cold tolerance
Cold Tolerance
  • Japanese plums and plumcots grow well in zones 6 to 9.
  • European plums grow well in zones 5 to 7
  • American plums grow well in zones 3 to 5
production in the us
Production in the US
  • California produces 94%, about 768 million pounds per year.
  • Oregon, Washington, Idaho, & Michigan produce most of the other 6%.
  • Japanese plums make up 55% of total production.
  • European plums make up 45%, which are almost entirely dried into prunes. (99% of the US market)
  • Plumcots & American make up less than 1%.
tree growth limiting factors
Tree growth & limiting factors
  • Small trees that grow 15’ to 20’ tall and wide.
  • Japanese & plumcots grow wider, while European plums grow more upright.
  • They can grow for 20 to 30 years.
  • Japanese & plumcots come into production, 3rd. or 4th. Leaf.
  • European & American come into production, 4th. or 5th. Leaf.
fruiting wood
Fruiting wood
  • Plums bear most fruit on short spurs arising from 2 year old or older wood.
site selection preparation
Site Selection & Preparation
  • Japanese plums & plumcots need sites similar to that for peaches.
  • Few spring frost since they bloom early.
  • 500 – 1000 foot elevations are optimal.
  • Excellent soil drainage if grafted to peach rootstocks.
  • Moderately well drained soil drainage if grafted to plum rootstocks.
site selection preparation1
Site Selection & Preparation
  • European plums need sites similar to apples.
  • Early frost are not a problem because they bloom late.
  • 1500 – 2000 foot elevations are optimal.
  • Moderately well drained soil drainage.
orchard design
Orchard Design
  • Row space
  • Tree space
san jose scale
San Jose Scale