AngelenoRipens September 5–15
Seedling of Queen Anne. Tree is spreading and can be excessively vigorous. Fruit is oblate, medium size with dark purple to nearly ebony skin. Flesh is amber color with mild slightly sweet flavor and good firmness. (Self unfruitful.) Santa Rosa and Wickson are pollinators.
Black SplendorRipens early June
Black Splendor is a USDA release with a medium to large size fruit with a blue/black skin color. The flesh is red to dark red and a better firmness than Santa Rosa. Harvest time is early June, which is earlier than Santa Rosa. It is a clingstone variety and a very good producer.
BlackamberRipens June 22–July 1
USDA release is a cross between Queen Rosa and Friar. Fruit tends to be very large, oblate, with black skin and amber flesh. Firmness is good but quality meager at shipping maturity. Tree growth is upright with adequate vigor. Variety can tend to alternate bear. Amber and Catalina have been used as pollinators.
CasselmanRipens August 1–10
Bud mutation of Late Santa Rosa. Fruit is round, firm, stores well and has good quality. Skin is a light red color with orangish–yellow flesh. Fruit has a tendency to crack on stern end, particularly if subjected to rain.
CatalinaRipens July 1–5
A purported seedling of Angeleno has a very good eating quality and firmness. Fruit is of medium size and somewhat squatty in shape. Dark purple skin with amber yellowish fruit. Tree is intermediate is preading with good vigor. Blackamber, Angeleno and Santa Rosa have been used as pollinators.
Elephant HeartRipens in August to September
This very large plum has blood red skin and red flesh of excellent flavor. The Elephant Heart plum needs a pollinizer to set heavy crops of one of the best plums in the world.
First BeautRipens May 20–25
An early ripening mutation of the Red Beaut variety. The fruit is very similar to Red Beaut. Fruit is firm, medium to small in size, and has good red color. Blossoms are pollen sterile and must have a pollinator. Ambra is a suitable pollinator.
FortuneRipens July 25–August 2
USDA release. Large, bright red plum with yellow background where shaded. Fair flavor. Somewhat rounder shape than Friar. MId season bloom. Needs pollinator. Santa Rosa and Friar may be suitable.
FriarRipens July 18–22
USDA release. Gaviota X Nubiana. Fruit is oblate, large and firm. Skin color is dark, ebony to black when mature. Flesh is amber, mild with a very small stone. Tree growth is upright and thrifty. Self unfruitful. Santa Rosa, Laroda, Blackamber are pollinators.
Grand RosaThe coloration of the Grand Rosa plum is lighter than the purplish crimson skin of the Santa Rosa. Their flavor is not as intense as some of the earlier season plums.
Ripening dates shown are approximate for Fresno and will vary with season and location.