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.
Another hardy hybrid developed by N.E. Hansen in South Dakota and introduced in 1923. He named it in honour of the celebrated Shawnee Indian chief Tecumseh, a leader and great orator who worked for tribal unity, but died in the War of 1812. Although it is not well known, some plum enthusiasts consider it to be Hansen's best. Bright red, mid-sized fruit with sweet, juicy golden flesh is excellent for fresh eating, but firm enough for processing. Reliable and quite productive, Tecumseh seems resistant to most insects as well as brown rot.
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