A slight tang of plum and the sweetness of apricot
whereas the apricot is shy.”
Plumcots flower early, so you’ll need to plant a pollinator (another plum tree) close by that flowers early too. The Japanese plum Santa Rosa, also bred by Burbank, is ideal.
Waimea Nurseries now has a dwarf plumcot called Spring Satin that reaches 3m. This variety has reddish-black skin with golden flesh and grows well in large containers or in the ground. They also sell the self-fertile Scarlet Sunrise.
“Plumcot Spring Satin, bred in Peach County, Georgia, USA, was one of the first plum-apricot hybrids,” says Waimea’s Kate Marshall. “It’s best planted with Santa Rosa for cross-pollination. “Plumcot Scarlet Sunrise was bred in the Hawke’s Bay by Don Skelton. It ripens very early (December in the Hawke’s Bay), and is self-fertile. It probably would produce even more fruit with cross-pollination with Santa Rosa or Billington.”