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.
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: Sprite Cherry Plum requires Emerald Beaut Cherry Plum for cross-pollination or potentially other Japanese plums.
Hardiness: Plums are hardy to minus 30° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 12-18 ft. in height.
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
Sunset Western Zone: 2-12, 14-18
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not stated