Prunus spp Mid-Late Summer. Prunus pumila var. besseyi Western Sand Cherry seedling x P. salicina Sultan. SD Ag Experiment Station, 1908.
Dark purple semi-clingstone red-fleshed fruit between the size of a cherry and a plum. Vigorous yields. Best for canning, preserves or juice but also good fresh eating when allowed to fully ripen.
First hybridized in the late 1800s in the northern Midwest and Canada in pursuit of delicious fruits that would be extremely hardy. There are a handful of these hybrids, sometimes called “chums.” Also popular for the naturally diminutive habit. Sapa’s male parent Sultan is a large good-quality plum selected by Luther Burbank. N.E. Hansen referred to Sapa as having “stocky, strong, erect growth.” At maturity, trees generally reach only 10' tall. Considered to be self-fertile. Z4. Maine Grown. (3-6' bare-root trees)
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