Has anyone heard of the Newman Chickasaw Plum? If so, do you know if the variety still exists and who might have it? God bless.
I know about it from this:
Mr. Elliott, of Cleveland, writes us that he has “received samples of the ‘Newman Plum’ from D. L. Adair, Esq., of Hawesville, Ky., and that the variety so sent is of a roundish-oval form, about one inch in diameter, clear light red, with a blue bloom, and until the fruit is fully ripe, there are numerous white specks or dots; flesh yellow, sweet, somewhat stringy, yet tender, and adheres to the stone, which is quite large for the size of the fruit. In my earlier days I fre-quently met with wild plums in Ohio, and have often done so in Missouri, that were almost if not quite identical, and in the years 1836 to '45, or thereabouts, they were abundant in the markets of all the Western towns and cities. Mr. Adair claims for it perfect exemption from the curculio - a matter of course of which he should know; but unfortunately for its chances in Ohio, I am disposed to think it would be no more free than any of our wild varieties.”