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ty peacock
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hello all i am new to this so hope im getting in right place. i have a plum tree in yard and it seems no one can tell me what type of plum it is. info harvest September in lehi Utah. the plum are a reddish skin and yellowish meet. they are really sweet and tart. the seed in them are hard to get out not like some plums or peaches and apricots its meat attaches to it. any ideas on what i could be i know it a shot in the dark but cant place pictures till September.
 
Dan Boone
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Hi, Ty, welcome to Permies!

I can't help you on the plum identification; indeed, I'm not sure anybody would be able to. Even with lots of good pictures it's very difficult. Here in Oklahoma there are at least five different species of native wild plums, and they all hybridize with each other; and that's not counting the many different varieties and cultivars of domesticated plums that a person might find in their yard that might have been planted by a previous owner.

What's your goal in identifying the plum variety? Me, I think I would just enjoy it.
 
John Wolfram
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Well, since you said it was "in the yard" I'll guess that means it was likely planted by someone and not a wild variety. Based on the description, it sounds more like a Japanese plum than a European one, and if I was to hazard a guess I would say Santa Rosa or Fortune. The skin/flesh colors sound more right for Santa Rosa, but at least for my area in Indiana the harvest dates would be a bit off as they are more of an August ripening variety. The maturity date of Fortune would be closer to what you listed. If you post the harvest dates of know varieties in your area that would make the harvest date you listed for the unknown plum more useful.


Santa Rosa Plum


Fortune Plum
 
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