Summertime! And the livin’ is easy, Plums are ripe…sweet and juicy.
We have several fruit trees growing in our teeny suburban garden: a Hachiya persimmon, ‘Peter’s Honey’ fig, and miniature ‘Necta-Zee’ nectarine in large containers, five low-bush blueberries as part of our edible landscaping, and two hybrid crosses between apricot and plum trees ~ Flavor Delight® Aprium and Flavor Supreme® Pluot.
The complex, intense flavor of both the Aprium® and the Pluot® is unique to interspecifics, much like a blend of fruit juices where the mixture is an improvement over individual ingredients. Pluots have 3/4 plum parentage with smooth skins, while Apriums are 3/4 apricot in their genetic heritage. Hybridizing these trees was the inspiration of Santa Rosa (CA) own remarkable plant wizard, Luther Burbank, hybridizer of the incredibly delicious ‘Santa Rosa’ Japanese-type plum. The sugar content of interspecifics is much higher than in standard plums or apricots, yielding fruit of incomparable sweetness.
If you have been considering growing fruit trees and your climate matches Flavor Supreme or Flavor Delight’s needs, I recommend them highly!
FLAVOR SUPREME PLUOT®
Pat. No. 6763 (Zaiger)
A sensational plum-apricot hybrid. One of the original plum-apricot crosses and a taste test winner! Medium-sized (ours grow large) plum-like fruit has richly flavored, firm, sweet red flesh and greenish-maroon mottled skin. No tartness.
Flavor Supreme comes in very early with a flavor superior to any other early season plum. Ripens in mid-to-late June, about 2 weeks before the Santa Rosa plum. 7-800 chill hours. A decent self-pollinator, but helped by other pluots®, a Japanese-type, Burgundy, Santa Rosa or late blooming plums. Pluots require hot summers to achieve their full flavor.
USDA Zone: 5,6,7,8,9
(Some sources list Zones: 7 to 10)
Pollination: (Semi-self pollinating, helped by Japanese-type / Santa Rosa plums or apriums)
Tree Size: Large (we can vouch for that)
Ripens: Very Early
NOTE: Semi-dwarf is still a huge vigorous tree
Looking through comments on gardening forums, the delectable Flavor Supreme pluot rates 5 out of 5 on many folks lists:
~ Flavor Supreme (5) This year was the best fruit I’ve ever grown or tasted. Has less tendency to crack than many others. Productive if properly pollinated. Very vigorous tree so don’t over-fertilize.
~ Overall Flavor Supreme is the best pluot I’ve tried. If you can hold down the vigor and get it pollinated, it can be as good as it gets. Best rootstock might be Citation.
~ Flavor Supreme is the sweetest and most flavorful of all the pluots and that’s saying a lot.
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One Can’t Always Believe Plant Catalog Descriptions.
I ordered “semi-dwarf” trees for the narrow side yard we had available for fruit trees. Even in the restricted 30 foot long by 7-8 foot wide space, our two trees have grown huge, completely shading out our raised vegetable bed. AND have pushed their roots, not only into that bed, but well beyond the area we had planned for their growth.
As a novice home orchardist, I didn’t know Flavor Supreme was ‘extremely vigorous.’ It was helped along with my committed organic horticultural practices and diligent fertilizing every spring for it’s first decade. With a huge tree to manage, now, I don’t fertilize at all!
Surprisingly, several gardeners in the forums I read, while preparing this post, commented on unreliable pluot / aprium fruit production due to pollination problems. That hasn’t been our experience. Every year since ‘Flavor Supreme’ started producing fruit (except recently in 2009 / 2010), we’ve had harvests so generous we couldn’t eat all the fruit even sharing the bounty with family and neighbors. I suspect the issue other gardeners attribute to “lack of pollination” is actually winter weather patterns…as we have observed with our aprium’s early flowering habit.
The Flavor Supreme pluot’s 2008 crop was SO prolific our tree was leaning against the fence and hanging over our neighbor’s side yard. Got permission to set up wooden 2×4’s in her yard to support the fruit laden branches, so they wouldn’t break. Three branches heavy with fruit, including a main upright, on our side of the fence snapped before I got to propping them up. I had an inkling the week before that I should tend to them, but dilly-dallied and my pluot “baby” got hurt. (sniffle)
Flavor Delight®, Flavor Supreme®, Pluot® and Aprium® are registered trademarks of Zaiger Genetics of Modesto, California
The following mail order companies sell ‘Flavor Supreme’ Pluot trees as well as other plucot varieties and apriums:
(Conventionally Grown and Certified Organic)
http://www.davewilson.com/br40/br40_trees/pluot.html (wholesale) Also, check out their videos on YouTube ~ search: DaveWilson fruit