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My neighbor is looking for a specific variety of plum tree.  She says it's a Japanese variety with a greenish skin.  I've been looking online for her and the only green plums I can find are gage plums.  The closest to a green Japanese plum I've seen is Shiro, which is more yellow.

Anyone have any other ideas? 
 
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We had a tree like that in our back yard. My folks called it a Japanese plum but they also called it a Water plum.

It tasted a lot like the Beach plums that grew wild near the California coast, but it was a much bigger tree.

The fruit was a little over an inch across, and a mixture of green and red. It had a juicy, watery sweet-tart taste.
 
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ume plums (Prunus mume) has greenish fruits with a sort of reddish blush.  beautiful flowers, sweet tart fruit.  used to make umeboshi pickles, which happen to be exceptionally delicious.
 
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Yes, I think ume is what you're after. They're more closely related to apricots than plums, actually.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fruits_of_Japanese_plum.jpg

However, there are some varieties of Japanese-American plums, such as Elephant Heart or Satsuma, which could fit the bill, because they're sometimes greenish.
 
                        
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Thank you all for your help.  It was an ume that she was looking for.  We've got two on the way, via the internet.
 
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