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Flowering Plum

Post  cmd5235 on Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:23 pm

Quick question all,

Yesterday, walking through my local home depot, I saw they had moderately sized flowering plum trees. I'm not sure if you're familiar with the species, but it has dark red foliage , pink to white blooms, and produces small, dark red fruits. As a child I had one in the yard that was sadly removed when I was very young. Does anyone have experience with them, or know how well they respond to severe pruning, including trunk chops? Thanks.

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Re: Flowering Plum

Post  Leo Schordje on Fri May 04, 2012 8:33 pm

Brent Waston has been selling these for use in bonsai for years.
http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/

I believe they are recommended for larger than shohin sizes due to large leaves. The are supposed to be nice, I just picked up a small one with double flowers for myself from Brent. The red leaf plums are susceptible to a number of the diseases that can affect apples, cherries and other members of that family. Check the pest & diseases section of Brent's article on crab apples, it will apply to flowering plums too.
http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/crabappl.htm

You should be able to turn out a lovely tree with this species.

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Post  Sakaki on Fri May 04, 2012 10:33 pm

Hi cmd5235,

I know this sp, and I have one in my collection Smile
I bought it in early spring this year, its trunk dia. was approx. 7-8 cm, and its height was approx. 3 meters.
There were no branches at lower sections of trunk. I chopped its trunk down to approx. 35-40 cm, and now I have 10-15 shoots just in 2 months.
Also, length of each new branch is now 70-75 cm Smile
I can take its photo for you, if you are interested?

Taner

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Re: Flowering Plum

Post  cmd5235 on Sat May 05, 2012 7:20 pm

Yeah absolutely! I saw a few at Home Depot- nice trunks and roots, but certainly would need drastic trunk pruning

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