CANADIAN PLUM - ARCTIC HARDY
ARCTIC HARDY is our most cold hardy plum able to withstand the coldest climates in Canada( Zones 1-5). This is Canada’s “indigenous” plum(prunus nigra) which I discovered growing "wild" on a riverbank 70 yrs while trout fishing. When we purchased our present farm I went back to same mother tree I had found on the riverbank and dug up a root sucker tree which has now formed a new Arctic Hardy plum thicket on our farm. For past 40 years we have been eating these plums on our farm and this August 2020 our native plum produced thousands of delicious sweet plums.
It grows as a small tree of 7-9 ft and produces masses of white flowers in spring followed by beautiful red fruit that has deliciously sweet, orange flesh. The Arctic Hardy plum has a skin that is resistant to plum curculio and other insects. We have never seen the dreaded plum disease "black knot" ever attack(infect) any of our Arctic Red plum trees in last 50 yrs on our farm...meanwhile most of our European plums have been killed by the same disease.The Arctic Hardy flowers are self -fertile but can cross-pollinate with most Japanese or American plums.
Our Arctic Hardy plum trees are self-rooted suckers from the original mother tree....... so no graft to weaken tree to winter cold. This means that if a root sucker pushes up from below the ground it can be dug to produce a second Arctic Hardy plum tree. Great tree to plant in shelterbelts, windbreaks or northwest corner to form an edible "plum thicket".
If you have had problems growing plums in CANADA...then ARCTIC HARDY is the plum to try....and we are only nursery propagating this unique variety of Canadian genetics.
ARCTIC HARDY self rooted tree.........$125