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March 4, 2011

Burgandy plum tree makes ripe fruit in July


Right now we are getting the weather we should have gotten in January when we were getting spring. We've had snow and rain and cold cloudy days that are hopefully reminding the fruit trees, especially the plums and peaches, that it isn't time to open up flowers and expect bees. My plums always rush the season.


In the mountains the weather is so changeable that even if you don't get fruit because of a late freeze, the flowers themselves are a lovely harbinger of spring. The Burgandy plum has medium sized fruit with reddish purple skin. The flesh is deep red and sweet.
When eating your fresh plums, know that the pit is small giving you more fruit to enjoy. The fruit of this plum can be dried, eaten fresh, or made into jams and jellies, and
it is self fertile, so no need for another tree.

This plum variety only needs 250 to 350 chill hours, so a good choice for mild winter areas, yet it will take some cold. Ripens early July, but keeps well on tree till mid August.
Shipped as a potted five gallon tree in its original soil and container which means it doesn't have to go right into the ground.

At Burgundy Plum Tree

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at March 4, 2011 7:25 AM
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