Re: Plums and Pluots in the Willamette Valley
I think that's really neat that we get good tips from two recently joined people. I had never thought that any plum to apricot hybrids would ever crop well around here. Maybe Roseburg is protected down wind from another coast range. 100% apricot is one thing you never want here unless you can have artificial means of sparing them from rain. One of an apricot species which adapts well here is from the western foothills of the Alps which looking at the map equals Corvallis and north. The species is Briancon Apricot. I have noted some in Seattle that they are extremely late blooming and thrive better as an under story tree than full sun. They crop lightly and taste real high in citrus. If I was blinded I would not be able to distinguish a lemon from one of these. I think I froze some Briancon pollen so if you want to try that come spring then look for my link to contact me.
I am interested in grafting this Methley plum. Anybody close? I always care that scions are free of viruses which means more to the tree than you think. Short tree life span, poor takes grafting etc.
'kuban burgundy' and 'kuban comet' are also Myrobalan plum to Japanese plum crosses that I have heard produce well here. I would also like to know who might donate clean scions to myself of 'kuban burgundy' which is the later blooming of the two and is red fleshed as I think Methley is. Burgundy and Methley grafted on the same tree would be a good one I think.
The next idea would be a way to find 'pixy' which is a dwarf rootstock that I know does extremely well under plums here. Lon has pixy as an understock on some plums and the only problem is it's unavailable from any supplier.
Click here if you have anything for me or if you want to trade for other virus free Shiro plum wood;http://home.comcast.net/~hollaus/HOS/Shiro.htm
I'll update the page if in the future I can think of more scions of possible interest.