Midsummer. (Prunus salicina Apple x Prunus americana Terry) NE Hansen intro, SD Exp Stn, 1913. Released when hybrid plums were an important and commercially viable crop.
Large, somewhat pointed, 1½-2" reddish-maroon clingstone fruit. Sweet tender translucent orange flesh is very juicy but not dripping. Medium-thick skin, tart and easy to peel. Delicious overall taste.
Hansen said of Waneta: “My belief is that in this variety I have combined the best points of the native and the Japanese plum. It is probably the largest [fruit] of over 10,000 seedlings.”
Early blooming healthy open spreading tree bears reliably in John’s orchard. Named after a Yanktonai youth who won fame in the War of 1812 and later became a great chief. Z3. Maine Grown.Indigenous Royalties. (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.