Cocheco Hybrid PlumMidsummer. (Purple Heart x unnamed red-leaf plum) Elwin Meader intro, Rochester, NH, circa 1968.
In a lengthy Maine Sunday Telegram article on September 8, 1968, Meader said, “It’s an example of being able to have your cake and eat it. The new tree is beautiful enough to be an ornamental. It also has delicious fruit and windbreak value.”
As we sat together chatting in the gazebo a couple of years ago, a friend suddenly turned to me and said, “What is that tree?” Even at 100' away, it is a strikingly beautiful sight. Red twigs and buds in winter, light pink flowers in spring, glossy red foliage all summer long. Red-orange fruit filled with soft sweet pinkish flesh.
One of the first to ripen in midsummer. Relatively large tree with an upright growth habit. May be self-pollinating, though we recommend treating it like other hybrid plums. Z4. Maine Grown.
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