Semi-dwarf on Citation rootstock.
Chill hours: 400-500
Harvest: August 5 - September 1
Looks: Green-yellow skin with red spots the coloring turns to maroon and yellow as the fruit ripens. Creamy white and red freestone flesh.
Personality: Wonderful plum-apricot flavor.
Facts of note: One of the top 3 Taste Test scorers over all in the annual Dave Wilson's Taste Test.
Developed by Zaiger.
Pollination: Pollinated by other pluots, or Late Santa Rosa and Burgundy plums.
The Pluot® is "Interspecific" meaning it is a complex hybrid of 70 percent plum, 30 percent apricot with decidedly more plum-like traits. Smooth-skinned like a plum, the Pluot® is sturdy and durable with luscious flavor. It has the chin-dripping juiciness of a fully ripe plum without the notoriously tough skin and tart center typical of the parent plum. The complex, intense flavor of Pluot® is unique to interspecifics, much like a blend of fruit juices where the mixture is an improvement over any of the separate ingredients. One of the sweetest fruits, with 16-24 Brix probably explains why Pluots® dominate the Dave Wilson Taste Tests. The fruit is very high in Vitamin A. Pluots® were bred by Zaiger Genetics Inc. of Modesto California. Trees are 2 years old and should begin to fruit in their 4th or 5th year. Citation Rootstock 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.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Almond, Mulberry, Walnut, Persimmon, and Jujube -- 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 unless you ask us to split your shipments and agree to pay any additional shipping charges resulting from two separate shipments.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.
As fruit goes the Dapple Dandy Pluot is the best. Unlike plums the meat near the skin is Not sour nor is the meat near the seed. Pluots are easy to grow in any area that a Plum will grow in. We get below freezing here in the winter and my tree does great. The second winter we had it we even had snow and it was not bothered. We get intense summer heat here in the 'high desert', the tree is in afternoon shade from a building and it does great.Review by TFTMom (on 2/23/14)