A sweet, dark purple, freestone Plum with firm, amber flesh, Italian is great for fresh eating and excellent for drying. Widely planted in the Northwest, this European variety is productive, reliable and easy to grow. Italian ripens in late August into September
Latin Name:Prunus x domestica
Site and Soil:Plums like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
RootstockDescription:A semi-dwarf rootstock for Plums and other stone fruits, Marianna produces trees 10'-12' in height or less.
Pollination Requirements:Italian is is partially self-fertile. Plant with another European variety for best crops.
Hardiness:Plums are hardy to minus 30°F.
Bearing Age:2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity:10-12 ft. in height.
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.
Sunset Western Zone:2-12, 14-18
Sunset Northeast Zone:Not stated
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