A coworker brought us hundreds of fantastic plums from her 2 young trees this summer. I determined to plant one myself, but she has no clue what type, only that the trees are the same variety. I’m assuming Methley because it’s self-fertile.
While I’m at it, I figured I’d do some research then add 5-6 additional varieties. One of our old dairy pastures is steadily becoming an orchard! I’m finding a good many suggestions, but would love some personal advice on favorites to help differentiate the field.
What plum varieties are best for the Deep South? AND What are your favorites?
LSU Ag recommends, as popular varieties:
AU Amber, AU Homeside, AU Producer, AU Roadside, AU Rubrum, Black Ruby, Byron Gold, Crimson, Frontier, Methley, Morris, Ozark Premier, Robusto, Ruby Sweet, Segundo and Wade.
A large local container nursery grows: Autumn Rosa, Bruce, Burbank, Methley, Santa Rosa
I sincerely hope it’s not the one I’m thinking of. Some years ago I purchased 23 potted trees supplied by them ( starting with a “B”), 21 was mislabeled. I "m located just across the LA/MS line along the Pike/Walthall Bogue Chitto river area.
However, the Autumn Rosa was true to label and has been an awesome plum here at my place.
Gulf Rose has a very good complex flavor but must be pollinated with another Gulf series plum such as Gulf Beauty. The 2 improved chickasaw plums Odom and Guthrie are hard to beat as far as production. I like the flavor but it is not as good as some of the pluots or Japanese plums. But what good is the flavor if the tree dies a 3 or 4 years like most pluots or Japanese plums.
My Guthrie and Odom has been healthy at my location. Another one less often mentioned is Spring Satin as of now has been healthy. These have more issues with late cold killing the fruit but the trees are healthy.