An Alameda Garden: While My Garden Gently Weeps

Thursday, March 06, 2008

While My Garden Gently Weeps

I've just planted the newest major addition to my back yard--a weeping Santa Rosa plum tree. I've planted it at the back west corner of my lot, where I think it will look great once it fills out.

I first heard learned about these trees when I was at the California Rare Fruit Growers' scion exchange in January. I came across a bag of scions labeled "Santa Rosa Weeping Plum" and thought to myself, "huh?" The thing is that most flowering trees that have a weeping form are created by grafting the scion on upside down. But the weeping Santa Rosa was discovered as a bud mutation of the regular Santa Rosa, so its weeping form comes naturally. I've read conflicting information about whether it is more or less productive than a regular Santa Rosa, but I expect it will be productive enough for me. Santa Rosa plums are so delicious too. I expect it won't fruit for a couple more years--I can't wait!

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  1. I had to look this one up, and how lovely! I hope it does well.

  2. I've never heard of this one! Wow! My Santa Rosa plum has been a bit fussy the past couple of years but seems to be happy again now with all its buds. I love the fruit. I hope you keep posting updates on your weeping variety as I really would like to see what your experience is with it.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  3. These are the plants that I really love: useful AND beautiful! :)

  4. Wow, you were at our exchange. Say "hi" if you attend another Golden Gate chapter CRFG event. I'm the co-chair right now and have enjoyed my occasional visits to your blog.

  5. Anonymous11:41 AM

    I'm really interested in getting a weeping plum tree and am wondering if you could please post a picture of your Santa Rosa.


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