Traditionally the French plum was dried and kept over a long period of time when refrigerators did not exist and winter meant months with few fruits or vegetables. Prunes were almost as precious as salt and were used to bargain wages during the 15th century. The French Prune was introduced to the states by Pierre and Louis Pellier, brothers who went to California for the Gold Rush, started a nursery business near San Jose in 1856 with plum cuttings they brought from France. Today they are sought by connoisseurs around the world. The French prune is very sweet, rich flavor with tender, fine-textured flesh. Medium-sized prune plum of red to violet purple skin over amber flesh. Delicious for eating fresh, baking, chutneys, and drying. Long-lived and self-fertile.
Growing Considerations for French Prune
USDA Zone: 5,6,7,8,9
Mature Size: 12-16 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft. summer pruned 8 ft.spacing
Ripens: Late August
Water Requirement: 8-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Years to bear: 1-3 years
Shape when shipped: Feathered (prominent side branching)
*Size supplied when shipped: 5/8 inch caliper (width around trunk) 5 to 7 ft. in field (trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped)
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Note on Shipping:
Our Plum trees are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive so you'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.
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