Thursday, February 24, 2011

Santa Rosa Wins Again!


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.

DSC_2456_5916 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


Lisa Paul said...

On my visit to Luther Burbank's home and lab, I learned that the SAnta Rosa Plum was one of his big successes. Bred especially for the climate of Santa Rosa -- which is usually a little warmer than we are in Sonoma as further from the Bay.

I've got one two but have only gotten a few fruits off it so far.


*Lisa - The tree is really starting to explode now. I just hope the spring winds won't knock all the anticipated fruit off.