Saturday, November 14, 2009

I have a tree in my backyard that i was told is a plumless tree by my grandmother.?

In the early spring the tree grows really pretty pink flowers. All of a sudden last year it started growing little plums on it and this year the same that are not very big maybe a bit bigger then a grape. Is there such a think as a plumless tree? What type of tree is this

I have a tree in my backyard that i was told is a plumless tree by my grandmother.?
Oh! You have an ornamental plum. It is grown for the blossom and he bark color and things of that nature. That does not mean that it won't make plums if conditions are right, it just has not been bred to make eating plums so they will be small and probably not taste good. They will never compare to the ones in the store, but they are still little plums and wildlife would never know the difference.
Reply:Plumless is might be a word made up by her, or it could be a brand name.

That is to say, there are many trees in the plum/cherry/apricot/pear family that bloom sweetly and very early in the year for anything at all to bloom. Some are bred specially to be for earliness, their length of blooms and showiness and fragrance, and not for setting lots of fruit or tasty fruit. Somebody could have bred a flowering plum and called their particular hybrid 'Plumless'.

It's also possible, since plums grown from seed are variable, that it was grown from the pit of a tasty, fruit-bearing plum variety, but this particular tree simply isn't a spectacular scion of the tree it came from. (Or it could be taking a while to reach maturity, but if your grandmother has been watching it for years, probably not.) In that case, your grandmother is dead-on.

Not all flowering drupes have been completely convinced by hybridizers to quit producing fruit, and if a tree like this nevertheless has spectacular flowers, they get sold as flower-trees anyways. So if you have a beehive nearby, or the tree is just being happy, it will attempt to do it's fruit-tree-thing, and set small fruits. These typically don't really ripen, or if they do, they aren't all that tasty or big.

If you don't think they will get eatable, you can strengthen the tree by picking them off.

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