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Help wanted to ID my fruit tree

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OK, first off;

Farmer Rod - yes the fruit does have a stone.

Gollum - The fruit is quite small (about the size of a 10 pence coin). The photos were taken last August (13th, although this was towards the end of the fruit bearing period for the tree, as you can tell from some of the shriveeling up of the fruit).

As for black fly - I can't say for sure - it's at the far end of the garden and I'm spending most of the time doing up the house, but I can't say i have noticed any. I'll have a dig around for pictures of the tree in full height.

 

Also, forgive my naivity, but what's 'old root sport' ?

 

I tend to leave the gardening side of things to my wife, however I'm picking things up as i go along - she gardens whilst i renovate the house....

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Could well be a sport from the original root stock? Maybe a st. julien rootstock. Either that or as suggested before a wild plum.

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OK further photos to add, all taken yesterday evening.

 

These show the tree in full height (and i have only last night realised it is actually someone else's tree - other side of the fence. I don know him well however, so no problems with having the fruit...).

 

Also some of the bark, root, more of the leaves etc...

 

Hope these help a little!

 

Thanks,

Paul

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It's a wild plum of some kind. I can't see any evidence of a graft, so I don't think you're looking at a wild root sport from this particular tree - could be a sucker from a nearby one though.

 

St. Julien A is a common stock for plums, but it's usually smaller than this. A selection like Brompton would be more likely, although it could just as well be a seedling.

 

In terms of what you can do with it - well they're a bit small, probably not very sweet and may or may not have a good flavour, but wild plums are suitable for cooking or wine if you can be bothered.

 

Alec

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