Please Note: The FRUIT DESCRIPTION, RECOMMENDED POLLINATOR(S) and USDA ZONES as shown in our recently published 2015 Bare Root Catalog are INCORRECT (but the Chill Hours and Harvest Dates are CORRECT).
Semi-dwarf on Citation rootstock.
- Zones: 6-9
- Chill hours: 400
- Bloom Time: Mid-Season (Based on typical Central Valley California weather)
- Harvest: July 25 - August 15
- Looks: Dark purple skin with red and amber flesh.
- Personality: Excellent flavor, juicy, considered one of the best tasting plums. Extraordinary wine-like flavor.
- Facts of note: Dave Wilson's Taste Test Top Scorer. Low chill hours, good choice for milder climates. Prolonged, summer harvest. Dark purple fruit similar to Santa Rosa, but larger and 5-6 weeks later maturing. In 1943 the Laroda plum was developed in Winters, California, by Claron O. Hesse at the California Agricultural Experiment Station; it was introduced to the market in 1954.
- Pollination: Pollinated by Late Santa Rosa and Burgundy.
Japanese Plums: These varieties bloom and ripen earlier, tend and to have larger crops. They are not generally self-pollinated and can be tricky to grow in areas with late frosts but are superb for fresh eating. They are the favored fresh eating varieties in the United states being larger, firmer fleshed, and rounder than European plums. Japanese plum trees have rougher bark, more persistent spurs, and more numerous flowers than European plums. They are also more precocious, disease resistant, and vigorous than European plums. Japanese plum flavor ranges from sweet to tart.
On Citation Rootstock which is tolerant of wet soil, induces early dormancy in dry soil, is very winter hardy, resists root knot nematodes, and produces a 12'-18' tree. By pruning you can keep your tree at any height. Trees are 2 years old, and should begin to fruit in their 4th year.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January. If you'd like us to split your shipments, please contact us at (800) 784-1722 or email@example.com. Additional shipping charges will apply.