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Post  geoff on Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:33 pm

I posted a picture of this tree last year, Kev thought it might be a
Myrobalan Plum, and after looking it up it seems likely. After a few false starts
with the changeable weather, the flowers are finally opening and I shall keep a few fruits on
with the hope of identifying it.





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Post  Randy_Davis on Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:01 pm

[quote="geoff"]I posted a picture of this tree last year, Kev thought it might be a
Myrobalan Plum, and after looking it up it seems likely. After a few false starts
with the changeable weather, the flowers are finally opening and I shall keep a few fruits on
with the hope of identifying it.


Geoff,

Just lovely!!!!! It sure looks like a Myrobalan plum to me as well. Mine is just starting to get ready to flower in anoter week or so. That's the best one I've seen in decades. Congratulations on such a fine specimen!!!!

Randy

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Post  geoff on Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:25 pm

Thanks for the nice comment Randy, I read that the fruit is yellow or red and 20-30 mm but from what I remember mine were green and 15-20 mm although I didn't leave them on. How do the fruits on yours appear?
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Post  Randy_Davis on Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:35 pm

geoff wrote:Thanks for the nice comment Randy, I read that the fruit is yellow or red and 20-30 mm but from what I remember mine were green and 15-20 mm although I didn't leave them on. How do the fruits on yours appear?
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Geoff

Geoff,

The size of the fruit is like you say and are usually perfectly round and green turning to yellow but can have a blush of pink in them when they ripen. There is also a cultivar "atropurpurea" which has red leaves and red fruit. The fruit are sweet and good tasting.

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Post  Randy_Davis on Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:44 pm

Geoff,

One other thing I've noticed on mine is that it is a bore magnet so watch for them. I have lost a couple of them from root bores (appear right at the trunk base at ground level) which went un-noticed and they just killed all of the larger roots of the tree.

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Post  my nellie on Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:45 pm

Randy, your description of the fruits is much more close to Prunus instititia - myrobalana, which is a wide spread tree here in Greece. Tasty fruits!
On the contrary, plum myrobalana has purple leaves.

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Post  Randy_Davis on Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:02 pm

my nellie wrote:Randy, your description of the fruits is much more close to Prunus instititia - myrobalana, which is a wide spread tree here in Greece. Tasty fruits!
On the contrary, plum myrobalana has purple leaves.

Alexandra,

Yes, there are many plums with fruit about the same size. The Damson plum (P. insititia), yellow Myrobalan (p. cerissifera) Red Myrobalan (P. cerissifera subsp pissardii) which has purple leaves, the American Chickasaw plum (P. angustifolia), etc.... The most widely grown for landscape purposes, at least here in the US is the red Myrobalan which when grown from seed will produce some trees with red leaves, some with green leaves and some that are intermediate in color. All of the flowering plums are good bonsai subjects and sadly overlooked to often. If there were more bonsai shows in the early spring when they flower I'm sure they would be more widely used. They also make a great wine if you have enough fruit.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:14 pm

Ohno not again - zone envy.

Really, really, beautiful !!
Thanks for showing.
It's those petals, mama mia !!
Until.
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