Plum Varieties

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  1. Angeleno

    Ripens 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. Santa Rosa and Wickson are pollinators.
  2. Blackamber

    Ripens June 22–July 1
    USDA release. Blackamber 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.
  3. Black Splendor

    Ripens early June
    Black Splendor is a USDA release with a medium to large size fruit and a blue/black skin color. The flesh is red to dark red with 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.
  4. Casselman

    Ripens 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 stem end, particularly if subjected to rain.
  5. Catalina

    Ripens July 1–5
    A purported seedling of Angeleno with 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 and spreading with good vigor. Blackamber, Angeleno and Santa Rosa have been used as pollinators.
  6. Elephant Heart

    Ripens 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. One of the best plums in the world.
  7. First Beaut

    Ripens May 20–25
    An early ripening mutation of the Red Beaut variety. The 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.
  8. Fortune

    Ripens 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.
  9. Friar

    Ripens 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. Santa Rosa, Laroda, and Blackamber are pollinators.
  10. Grand Rosa

    The coloration of the Grand Rosa plum is lighter than the purplish crimson skin of the Santa Rosa, the flavor is less intense than some of the earlier season plums.
  11. John W

    Ripens August 25
    USDA release. Fruit is slightly oval with a medium to large size. The skin is purple-red with speckles and the flesh is orange with a firm texture. The tree blooms late and harvests about August 25. The tree is a good producer with an upright to slighty spreading form.
  12. July Santa Rosa

    Ripens June 22–25
    A mutation of Santa Rosa. This is one of the better eating plums of the season. Fruit is dark red, somewhat larger and more round than Santa Rosa. Variety is self-fertile and tends to drop fruit from post bloom to harvest. Tree is spreading with moderate vigor. Little thinning is required.
  13. Kelsey

    Ripens July 15–20
    Fruit is large, somewhat heart shaped and often sheep-nosed on blossom end. Skin is greenish yellow and deepens to yellow with maturity. Flesh is yellow. Tree has moderate vigor. Use Wickson as pollinator.
  14. Laroda

    Ripens July 5–10
    University of California release. Fruit is deep reddish purple with light amber flesh. Round fruit of medium size has very good quality. Pollinated by Santa Rosa.
  15. Queen Ann

    Ripens July 15–20
    Large heart-shaped plum, susceptible to internal browning. Excellent flavor. Tree weak, medium in size, upright. Good backyard variety. Santa Rosa or Laroda are pollinators.

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Ripening dates shown are approximate for Fresno and will vary with season and location.

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