Plum Varieties

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  1. Queen Rosa

    Ripens June 21–25
    USDA release. This variety produces large fruit that is of variable color and firmness. Color and firmness are poorest in deep rich soils and/or with high nitrogen levels. Adequate pollinizers should be used, such as Ambra or July Santa Rosa.
  2. Owen T

    Ripens June 25–July 5
    USDA release with fruit that is oblate and large. The flesh is light yellow, firm with a medium texture. The skin color black with purple shoulders. The tree is self-fertile.
  3. Red Beaut

    Ripens May 20–25
    Fred Anderson release. This is the first variety of the season often establishing price and shipment levels for subsequent varieties. Fruit is firm, of medium to small size with nice red color and light amber flesh at maturity. Blossoms are pollen sterile and must use a pollinator. Ambra is a suitable pollinator.
  4. Rosemary

    Ripens August 1–10
    Fred Anderson release. Fruit is large and somewhat heart-shaped. Skin is light to deep red with a slight bumpy character such as El Dorado. Flesh is yellowish amber color with sweet, fruity flavor. Firmness is good. Tree is somewhat upright to slightly spreading, with a later bloom period. Simka, Myrobalan 5-Q and Elephant Heart can be used as pollinators.
  5. Santa Rosa

    Ripens June 12–20
    A standard of the season both in volume and name recognition. Fruit is medium size, somewhat heart- shaped and can lack firmness during high temperatures. Eating quality is very good although the skin can have an astringent characteristic. Fruit is red skinned. Variety is self-fertile and is often used as a pollinator. Spreading tree of moderate vigor.
  6. Simka

    Ripens July 10–20
    Large dark purple fruit is fairly round with somewhat pointed apex. Flesh is yellowish-white, quite firm and of fair quality. Tree is vigorous and spreading and is self-fertile.
  7. Wickson

    Ripens late June
    Big, yellow plum with pink tip when perfect. Very low in acid. Eats like a peach. Dries well.

* Royalty item

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

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