A slight tang of plum and the sweet­ness of apri­cot

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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.”

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