A PLUMCOT - GOLD STAR
Plums are becoming more difficult to grow with climate changes. We now find that all of our European plums are getting black knot disease and dying at a younger age. Luckily we plant seeds from our surviving plums and one of these seeds yielded an incredible tasting plum...which we named GOLD STAR. Wild bees must have cross-pollinated our plum flowers with some apricot pollen as this plum seed offspring has apricot characteristics in its fruit...hence is thought to be a PLUMCOT. We always hope to find a seedling offspring with superior characteristics than either of the plum or apricot parents...but rarely get this lucky...this was an exception.
GOLD STAR trees can resist -40 C winter cold( Zone 3) and even its spring flowers are cold resistant ...this year we had a May 25 cold snap ( - 10 C ) but the Gold Star flowers in "full bloom" were not damaged and went on to produce a full crop of fruit. Gold Star plumcot trees have never shown any susceptibility to black knot disease (in 25 years of trials on our farm) during which time most of our other plum varieties have died from the disease. Gold Star trees continually produce... abundant, delicious, golden fruit with sweet "apricot -like" flesh. Plant Gold Star with another variety of plum for best cropping. Harvest fruit from mid Aug onwards. Plums are best grown as a multi-stemmed tree or shrub about 3 metres tall. Our plumcots produced abundant fruit even after the two "polar vortex" winters of 2014 and 2015.....when many of our other plums and apricots failed to produce much fruit. We have a limited supply of GOLD STAR trees for this spring 2017 so order early.