Plums (Prunus spp.) Plums come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, colours and flavors. They are possibly the easiest stone fruits to grow. Most varieties are relatively compact with a shrub-like growth pattern. Please note: European and Japanese plums do not cross-pollinate. American Hybrid Plum - Ideal for harsher climates, these robust hybrids are the result of crossing Asian or Japanese plums with the smaller, hardier wild American plums. Disease resistance is high – black knot is very seldom an issue. Sweet fleshed fruit across the board, although in most varieties the skin is slightly astringent (sour).Pollination is more of a challenge for these plums. Planting several varieties next to each other, in fact, so close that the branches touch, will help. Wild American and Toka are the best pollenizers, so try including one of them. Chums also seem to cross pollinate with the American hybrid plums. 1.25-2m (4-6 ') bareroot trees
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American Hybrid Plum : FOFONOFF Semi-Dwarf (Mustang) (Orchard Grade)


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An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be somewhat shorter, slightly crooked, or a bit scratched, or for some other reason is not a perfect front lawn specimen. These trees will work just as well in an orchard as a first or number one would, since they still produce the very same fruit.

Fofonoff can confidently be classed as one of the most cold-hardy plums in Canada. Rumored to be of Russian descent, it is named after Wasal Fofonoff of Buchanan, SK, who introduced it in 1973. It has, at times, also been sold as 'Homesteader'. At ripening time, the round, 4cm(1½"), lime green fruit develops a rosy red blush. With firm and very sweet, yellow-green, freestone flesh and thin, tender skin, it is a fine fresh eating plum. It is also a jam and preserves type of plum, rather than canning.



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