I got my first taste of Early Laxton plums this year. They are a mild sweet plum, with some juice, though not runny.
Of the ~8 of so I’ve had so far, the brix ranged from 11.5-14.
A few cracked (see 2 in above pic) and a couple others have been eaten by something, probably ants (at least they were on this one when I knocked it off).
I don’t think it has a strong enough flavor that I would want to use it in preserves, and most of the fruit ripened in a fairly close window. So I don’t think I’d need a large tree. This year’s crop wasn’t that large, considering the tree size, but a couple heavily loaded branches would be plenty.
But, I don’t think my tree is salvageable due to the large amount of black knot close to the ground. It was grafted to a K1 rootstock in 2016 and is up to almost 10 feet tall. But, the black knot goes all the way to the ground, so I don’t know if I can save any of the tree. I stopped pruning black knot off it this spring in hopes of getting a harvest.
Now, I’m planning to try some summer budding to make a copy of it.