The last couple years have been banner ones for my plum trees, which though still young have produced hundreds if not thousands of fruit spanning mid August through mid October. This year, not so much. Cool rainy spell starting at petal fall plus my hands off approach (no spray at all this year) meant some nasty brown rot and curculio damage that wiped most of my trees clean of fruit. Interesting to see which varieties have produced despite the adversity, and the clear winner is my Opal which has been a light cropper in years past but now bends under the load of fruit, most very clean, delicious and ripening up presently. This tree is 7 years old and should yield at least a peck of fruit.
This fruit is easy to utilize in the kitchen as it doesn't have the sour skin which characterizes my Japanese and p americana hybrids. Also freestone. Mildly aromatic and sweet. Plum jam, plum cake, plum pie, here we come- thank you Opal!