Sprite Cherry Plum
Sprite Cherry Plum is an interspecific hybrid of Japanese plum and sweet cherry that has wonderful qualities of both parents. Fruits are large for a cherry or small for a plum and the skin is a deep purplish-black with a sweet cherrylike amber flesh. Incredibly delicious! Aside from fresh eating they are a great choice for canning, cooking, or freezing. Pollinate with Shiro or Emerald Beaut, or possibly other Japanese Plums.
Help your bare roots grow with the Transplanting Bundle found here.
Latin Name: Prunus salicina x Prunus cerasifera
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: A semi-dwarf rootstock for Plums and other stone fruits, Citation produces trees 12′-18′ in height or less.
Pollination Requirements: Requires Emerald Beaut Plum for cross-pollination or potentially other Japanese plums.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 12-18 ft. in height.
Taste: Sweet, cherry-like
Fruit Skin: Deep purplish-black
Fruit Flesh: Amber
Bloom Time: Late March
Ripening Time: July-August
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Our plums are not bothered by pests. Bacterial Canker can occasionally damage trunks or branches. Symptoms of this disease are exudations of amber-colored sap. Spraying lime-sulfur or copper in the fall and early spring can help control Bacterial Canker.
USDA Zone: 4-9