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Similar to cherries, fruit breeders have been working very hard over the past few decades to expand the choices for prairie hardy, edible plums.  Plum trees are well-suited to small yards, rarely growing taller than 15 feet.  Some of the varieties currently being tested in Grande Prairie are:


  • Also known as the Bubblegum Plum
  • Requires another plum variety nearby in order to set fruit
  • One of the best varieties for pollination of other plums
  • Red-bronze skin with apricot-colored flesh
  • Clingstone
  • Ripens in late August - early September
  • Richly flavoured, spicy-sweet, medium sized fruit


  • Dark red fruit with a waxy bloom
  • Flesh is yellow, juicy and sweet
  • Fruit size: 5cm
  • Semi-freestone
  • Ripens in early September
  • Self-sterile; must be pollinated by a wild plum (Prunus Americana or Prunus nigra) in order to set fruit


  • Characterized by its hardiness and large fruit
  • Plums are red skinned blushed with gold, with juicy yellow flesh
  • Excellent for fresh eating or processing
  • Ripens in August
  • Can use Toka to pollinate


  • Fruit is bright red and oblong in shape
  • Ripens late August - early September
  • Good for fresh eating and jams/jellies/juice
  • Known for high yields compared with other plums
  • Requires a pollinator


  • A cherry plum variety (a cross between cherries and plums)
  • Fruit is purple-red, small and delicious
  • Fruit size: 2.5-3.0cm
  • Ripens in early September
  • Grows as a bush up to ten feet tall
Last updated: 6/26/2017 9:39:04 AM