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.
Kahinta, which was introduced in 1912, is one of the more uncommon hybrid plums developed by Danish plant breeder N.E. Hansen. During his time at the South Dakota State College, Hansen concocted numerous cold-hardy fruits, including a number of hybrid plums. He gave many of his introductions Sioux names, such as Pembina, Toka, and Waneta. Kahinta is a Sioux word meaning 'to sweep'. Although we fail to follow the logic behind this name, it could possibly sweep you off your feet when you bite into a tree-ripened Kahinta. At any rate, the ultra juicy, sweet 'n spicy amber flesh makes it a refreshing and enjoyable experience. Medium to large size, purple-red plums keep surprisingly well in the fridge. Compact tree begins bearing early and continues with consistent abundance.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER | ZONE 3 | HARVEST: EARLY-MID SEPT.