There are three plum trees growing in our back yard. One is only about three years old. No idea of the type of plum; it was given to us by a co-worker. The other two are older, and were already there when we moved into this home. So far, I have never seen any of these trees flower. (How old does a plum tree have to be before it starts flowering?) Several tips of the branches are turning brown, drying up, curling up, and dying. (See attached photos.) I am wondering what this is and what can be done about it? Some people I have spoken to say they've had the same problem, too much rain, and it's a problem for apricots too. Even the guy at the nursery told me not to get an apricot plant unless I had room for it on the north or west sides of the house under a cover of some sort. Our weather here is just too wet. Even my aunt, who grows many things successfully, gave up and tore out her plum trees. So I have to ask: is there any point continuing to hold out hope for these plum trees? Or should I tear them out and make room for something that will actually produce here? If anybody in the Vancouver area is having success growing plum trees, I'd love to hear how you are doing it. What cultivar are you growing? Is it sheltered (even partially) from all the rain we get? Is it planted on a raised mound? etc. etc.