Favorite Euro Plums


Looks just like Italian Prune Plum. Boy they were sweet and delicious, when left to hang on the tree!


Today, I picked all Coe’s. Brix was around 27-28. This last batch were soft ripe and very sweet. But overall, Coe’s this year was a big disappointment due to so many early drops.


Those look sweet. Were they also good, and just disappointing because they were few?


They were very good. They were my favorite last year when all ripened properly with a few early drops.

This year 80% dropped early. At first I could not notice any damage from outside. After cuttingg them up, almost every pldamaged area inside. If they were made by insects, they made very tiny holes, not the work of PC.

These last batch ripened properly so they were very good.


Is this about the normal ripening window for them?I have a branch grafted,which probably came from your tree.Two fruit were growing,but taken, most likely by squirrels.bb


For my area, from early-mid Oct is the ripening time. You are in a warmer zone, it may ripen for you by early to mid Sept.


Raintree says it ripens in October here, which is why I have not considered it. October is cold and wet for plum ripening in my part of Washington. They look like good plums.


In my orchard there was a lot of variability in the response of varieties to our very wet spring. Hopefully that is what caused all the early drops, the seeds weren’t viable and the tree was “smart” enough to drop the fruit.

It’s amazing how many of my plums, especially prune plums, had cracked pits this season. The best fruit had sound pits.


It’s not called Coe’s Golden Drop for nothing, eh? :grinning:

It is hard to keep the bugs off the late plums. Especially the ones with fat necks like Coe’s.


I start to believe that’s how it got the name :wink:

@alan, you have mentioned split pit on peaches and plums due to our very wet spring condition. My peaches and plums hardly had any split pit. All the early dropped Coe’s and almost all my peaches had good seeds.


We are in different places and your trees probably come out of dormancy after mine. Yet rain storms we experience are often shared only a few hours apart. We have different soils and your trees are much younger than mine and we are often talking about different varieties.

Lots of possible explanations for different results, but I jumped to the conclusion your drops were the result of bad seeds because it seemed very logical.

Logic only takes you so far when you are using it to diagnose issues with trees you haven’t seen, growing in conditions you don’t know. I’m baffled on almost a daily basis by events in the orchards I tend and know about every aspect of their care.


those look like plums on my tree (size and shape) …my tree was labelled “damson”…upon looking up Damsons though…i am seeing larger , more oval plums…and the ones that look like little balls are bullaces…


There are several Damas. I discovered Damas of Touraine last month.