Midsummer. P. Lydecker [Prunus besseyi x (P. salicina Oka x P. s. Z’s Blue Giant)] University of Wisconsin, River Falls, 2006.
Large 2" round early-ripening high-quality hardy blue-black dessert plum. Very sweet juicy reddish-purple semi-freestone flesh. Precocious and productive tree with a naturally compact growth habit.
Bred by Brian Smith, whom we visited on a fruit exploration trip in the Upper Midwest. He graciously toured us through his amazing nursery in River Falls, Wisconsin. He was growing many of his plums in huge tubs, manipulating bloom time using greenhouses and coolers. This enabled him to cross species or varieties that would never normally flower together.
Though we’re not fans of plant patenting, we are pleased to offer his first major introduction. The literature recommends Toka or La Crescent as a pollinator. PPA. Z3. Maine Grown. (3-6' bare-root trees)
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Hybrid plums require a second variety for pollination. They can be planted close to form a thicket, or spaced 15–20' in an orchard setting. Include native plum pollinators (Prunus americana seedlings or named varieties Pamela, South Dakota and Toka) among the hybrids for best results. At maturity, hybrid plums are roughly 15–20' tall.