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Pluot® Interspecific Plums
The most famous of the interspecifics, the Pluot® is a complex hybrid of plum (P. salicina) and other Prunus species, usually including apricot (P. armeniaca). The intense, complex flavors of both the Aprium® and the Pluot® are unique to interspecifics, much like when a blend of fruit juices is an improvement over any of the separate ingredients. Additionally, the sugar content of interspecifics is much higher than in standard plums or apricots, yielding fruit of incomparable sweetness. Pluot® interspecific plum cultivars have predominantly plum parentage and smooth skins like plums.
Pluot® and Aprium® are registered trademarks of Zaiger Genetics of Modesto, California.
See also the overview of Zaiger Interspecifics
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The ever-sweetening Candy Stripe Pluot® interspecific plum delivers a delicious tart flavor when picked in late July/early August, but let it hang on the tree and this fruit will sweeten dramatically during its three-week harvest period (16.3 ºBrix at maturity/first harvest). The medium size, pink-yellow striped fruit is firm and juicy. Candy Stripe requires a pollenizer such as Santa Rosa or Burgundy plum, Flavor Grenade or Flavor King Pluot®. Estimated chilling requirement 600-800 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 17828) Zaiger
Taste test winner. Ranks with Flavor King and Flavor Supreme Pluot® varieties as best-flavored fruit at Dave Wilson Nursery tastings. Creamy white and red fleshed freestone with wonderful plum-apricot flavor. Skin greenish-yellow with red spots, turning to a maroon and yellow dapple. August harvest in Central CA. 400-500 hours. USDA Zones 5-10. Pollenized by Flavor Supreme Pluot®, Flavor King Pluot®, Santa Rosa, Catalina or Burgundy Plum. (Zaiger)
A new low-chill Pluot®, Dapple Supreme derives its name from two of the best: Dapple Dandy and Flavor Supreme. Red dappled skin like Dapple Dandy and sweet red flesh like Flavor Supreme. 300 hours. Ripens mid-June. Pollenized by Flavorosa Pluot®. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 16412) (Zaiger)
Medium to large fruit with green skin and yellow-orange flesh. Prolonged harvest: early picked fruit is firm, yet juicy and sweet. Left to hang, fruit turns greenish-yellow with honey-like orange flesh. Upright tree sets heavy crops once established. Harvest mid-July to late August. Originally tasted tested as 7HC165. 400 hours or less. Pollenized by Flavor Grenade Pluot® or Santa Rosa plum. (Pat. No. 14599) (Zaiger)
Medium- to large-sized with purplish-red skin and juicy amber-red flesh. Wonderful complex flavor. Harvest begins the second week of September and the fruit is edible well into October. Upright tree sets large crops. Originally taste tested as 5Z366. 500 hours. Pollenized by Santa Rosa or Burgundy plum, or Flavor Grenade Pluot®. (Pat. No. 16590) (Zaiger)
Elongated green fruit with red blush. Crisp texture, explosive flavor. Taste test winner. Hangs on the tree for 4-6 weeks. Pollenized by Flavor King Pluot®, Dapple Dandy Pluot®, Emerald Drop Pluot® or Santa Rosa plum. 300-400 hours. (Pat. No. 12097) (Zaiger)
Taste test winner. Unique plum-apricot hybrid with sensational bouquet and sweet, spicy flavor. Reddish-purple skin, crimson flesh. Harvest mid-August in Central CA. Naturally small tree. 400 hours or less. Pollenized by Flavor Supreme Pluot® or Dapple Dandy Pluot® and Santa Rosa or Late Santa Rosa plum. (Zaiger)
Exquisite plum/apricot hybrid with candy-like sweet, wonderfully pleasing flavor. Greenish-yellow skin, amber-orange flesh. Prolonged harvest: mid-July thru August. 400-500 hours. Pollenized by Dapple Dandy Pluot® or Flavor Supreme Pluot® or by a Japanese plum such as Burgundy. Not pollenized by Flavor King Pluot®. (Zaiger)
Taste test winner. Plum/apricot hybrid with sweet, richly flavored, firm red flesh. Greenish-maroon mottled skin. June harvest in Central CA, about two weeks before Santa Rosa. 700-800 hours. Pollenized by Santa Rosa and Late Santa Rosa plums, or Flavorosa, Flavor Queen and Geo Pride Pluot®. (Zaiger)
Large, dark purple-skinned fruits with firm, very sweet, yellow-orange flesh. Harvest begins late August/early September in Central California, 2-3 weeks after Flavor King Pluot®. Vigorous, upright tree. Originated from a cross of Friar plum and an unnamed Pluot®. 800 hours. Pollenizer required: another Pluot® such as Dapple Dandy or Flavor King, or a Japanese plum such as Santa Rosa or Late Santa Rosa. (Zaiger)
Deep purple-skinned fruit with red flesh. Mild, sweet flavor. Ripens at the end of May. Pollenized by Emerald Drop Pluot® or Mariposa plum. 400 hours chill required. (Zaiger)
Red-skinned, yellow flesh plum-apricot hybrid. Balanced acid and sugar to predominantly sweet with unique plum-apricot flavor. Medium-sized, very heavy production. Harvest mid-July to early August, just ahead of Flavor Queen Pluot®. Estimated chilling requirement 400 hours or less. Pollenized by Flavor Supreme Pluot®, Dapple Dandy Pluot®, Santa Rosa plum. Good pollenizer for other plums and Pluot® varieties. (Pat. No. 10386) (Zaiger)
Small to medium-sized red-orange colored fruit, with very sweet orange flesh. Consistently among the highest scoring varieties at Dave Wilson formal fruit tastings. Round to heart-shaped fruit is excellent eaten fresh, dried or in desserts. Upright tree sets large crops once established. 400 hours or less. Pollenized by Santa Rosa plum or Flavor Grenade Pluot®. (Pat No. 14583) (Zaiger).
Edible Ornamental: varieties having both tasty fruit and especially attractive tree, foliage, bloom or long-hanging fruit characteristics.
Taste Test Winner: varieties that have made the highest overall scores at Dave Wilson Nursery fruit tastings.
DWN Top 100: the 100 best-selling DWN fruit varieties for retail nurseries, including many of the most well-proven varieties.
Zaiger Variety: developed by Zaiger's Inc. Genetics of Modesto, California. Dave Wilson Nursery is the exclusive U.S. licensor and primary propagator.