Late Summer. Prunus americana seedling, Westmanland, Maine.
High-quality sweet-fleshed totally freestone medium-small fruit. Reddish skin with yellowish undertones. Productive and extremely hardy. Flowers with a pinkish tone.
An excellent pollinator for other hybrid and American plums. Many years ago, longtime Fedco growers Steve and Barb Miller purchased a hybrid plum from another nursery. The grafted plum never did well but the rootstock sprouted from below the graft and eventually fruited. It was so good, they began to graft it around the farm.
When Steve first told us about the plum, he just called it Pam (from P. americana). We decided to dignify it a bit. 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.