The Santa Rosa Plum is the 1st fruit tree to bloom for the 3rd year in a row. So far, no fruit has lasted to maturity. The tree was planted January 12, 2009 as bare root stock. This tree has taken really well to espalier pruning. Along with the apricot tree, the plum is suited to zone 8-9 in Bakersfield, California. The long, hot summer days and the cool, moist winter season must work well for the Santa Rosa.
This has got to be the year I get to taste a plum from this tree. There is an abundance of buds ready to follow the lead “breaking” bud. There should be a load of white petals floating through the garden once the honey bees have done their thing.
These are the dates of the 1st bloom break of the Santa Rosa Plum:
- February 20, 2009
- February 14, 2010
- February 24, 2011