An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be on the shorter side, may be crooked or with slight damage. These trees will still produce the very same fruit as a first or number 1 will. They may need to be staked and they do need regular watering, fertilizer and protection from weeds and hungry animals. All trees will benefit from pruning.
Gracious is a rather rare, hardy hybrid from North Dakota. From the numerous hybrid plum varieties in our test orchard, we've selected several of the best ones for fresh eating to propagate. This is definitely one of the best. Large, attractive, mottled red fruit average about 4 cm (1 5/8") in diameter. While most American Hybrid plums have a somewhat astringent skin, we detected very little in the thin, tender skin of Gracious. Sweet, juicy, yellow-orange flesh makes pleasurable fresh eating while also working well for canning, preserving or processing. The vigorous, later-blooming tree seems to pollenize well with Superior.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER | ZONE 3 | HARVEST: LATE AUG.