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Does Anyone Grow Wild Plums In The High Desert?

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Location: Sunizona Az., USA @ 4,500' Zone 8a
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I've been on a mission to find real hardy trees & plants to grow. After looking around, I've decided to take a shot at growing 3 types of Chickasaw plums. I bought 1 regular Chickasaw on eBay & another 2 cultivars, Guthrie & Odoma from Mail - Order Natives. They are about 4' x .5" and only $10.00 each. I'm aware of the suckering habit of the standard Chickasaw & figured I would plant it at the seasonal creek for wildlife. I'm betting on the rabbits to keep it in check.
Anyone else in the high desert grow these things?
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Krauter Vesuvius plums are commonly used in landscaping in Albuquerque. They seem to like the climate there, I remember being there in July once and seeing many trees with lots of fruit on them.

I would note that the ones I saw were part of irrigated landscapes. I'm sure that makes it easier on them than the normal 10" of precip that Albuquerque gets.
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