#18 Hybrid Beach Plums (Prunus hybrids)

posted Jan 11, 2012, 4:50 PM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 8:17 AM ]

Hybrid Beach Plums

Developed by Burbank (1897) by crossing the eastern beach plum (P. maritima) with Japanese plums. Fruit is small, tasty and ripens very late; another attempt to develop a hardier kind of plum.

Originally these were rows of plum hybrids developed on Eastern Sand Plums from the eastern coast of the U. S. They now form a solid hedge with the blackberries. These kinds of plums are tiny and edible, very sweet, great for jams. The larger plums in here were developed on the Japanese Plum.

The hybrids are low, spreading and bushy, typical of the East Coast Beach Plums, and very drought-tolerant. They can withstand adverse conditions like being covered with sand dunes.