An interspecific hybrid between a Japanese plum and an apricot, Plumcot is a small (depending on rootstock) slow-growing, deciduous fruit-tree, which can be fan-trained on a warm wall or grown as a bush-tree with a 2’/60cm trunk in mild areas. The fruit has the texture and skin of a plum and the sweet spiciness of an apricot. The leaves are mid-green. The flowers appear quite early in the year (April), and may need frost protection; they will cross pollinate with plums and apricots, so are better with a plumcot pollination partner. Needs staking and plenty of compost or manure in the planting hole. Mulch with compost or manure in early spring to conserve moisture. Prune, like all stone fruits, in summer.

Site: Sheltered, warm, sunny site
Soil: Fertile, well-drained, loamy soil
Position: Full sun
Pick: August
Keep: Does not keep for more than a few days
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Pollination: Partially self-fertile; best with a pollination partner
Uses: Eating, culinary, preserves

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Photo by Andrei, cropped, and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Type | Size: Bareroot 2yr
Rootstock: St Julien A
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