Plum tree for Vancouver, BC current recommendations

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  1. mrsdaisy

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    Are there any current recommendations for a "self-fertile" plum tree in the lower mainland? So many varieties seem to be prone to black knot and other diseases. Thank you.
     
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    • I have 5 varieties of plums grafted on one tree, and the one that is most useful is an Italian prune plum. This variety is productive and self-fertile; and the fruit is tasty, freezes well, and can be dried. All of the others are Japanese plums, and I can't recommend any of them. Santa Rosa is the tastiest plum that I've tried but is not very productive. Occasionaly there is a good crop, but usually only a few fruits ripen. The most productive Japanese plum is the yellow Shiro plum, but it is very watery and nearly tasteless. I think that most, if not all, plum varieties are susceptible to Black Knot, but I have not found it to be a problem with my tree. I see small infections occasionally, but they are easily removed. I even cut out a fairly large infected area on the main trunk years ago, and the area quickly healed over completely. The only other disease that has bothered my plums is Coryneum Blight, but that is the result of having a very susceptible peach tree nearby. The Italian prune is less susceptible to Coryneum Blight, but it does get aphids, which are much easier to control.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    A friend has an old damson plum in her yard that produces a lot of plums - enough for jam and to put away for pies for her communal house and occasionally for her band get-togethers long into the winter. But she says it does have a bad case of Black Knot.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Stone fruit are very susceptible to damage from the fungus and bacterial diseases that are prevalent in the cool humid climate conditions of the Puget Sound region. Also the lower seasonal heat levels, compared with regions such as eastern Washington or California, may not produce the high quality and flavor of the common commercial varieties. Some pollination problems occur when bad weather at bloom time limits bee activity, especially for early bloomers like apricots and early plums.

    Stone Fruit | Western Washington Tree Fruit & Alternative Fruits | Washington State University
     

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