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Wickson Japanese Plum

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Japanese plum ‘Wickson’ seems to have multiple personalities. When ‘Wickson’ was first described in 1892, it was named ‘Perfection’. It has also been called ‘Eureka’ in 1897. It was then renamed ‘Wickson’ after the eminent pomologist Edward J. Wickson. The large fruit has dark red or yellow-red skin, juicy firm yellow flesh with pleasant flavour, and clingstone. Flowers early so flowers can be susceptible to frost. It was one of the most important commercially grown plums in California USA in the 1910s to 1940s. It is still commercially grown in some areas and remains popular for home gardeners and at farmer’s markets.

• Pollination Group: self-fertile, and pollination improved with other pollinators nearby including Santa Rosa
• Uses: eating, cooking, bottling, preserving
• Harvest: January
• Chill requirement: 500 hours
• Features: productive vigorous tree, long ripening period, old variety that remains popular today

Reference 1: Hedrick U.P. (1910). Eighteenth Annual Report, Vol. 3, Part II, The Plums of New York, Report of the New York Agricultural Experiment Station for the year 1910. State of New York - Department of Agriculture. Albany: J.B. Lyon Company, 1911.

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Image: Hedrick U.P. (1910). Eighteenth Annual Report, Vol. 3, Part II, The Plums of New York, Report of the New York Agricultural Experiment Station for the year 1910. State of New York - Department of Agriculture. Albany: J.B. Lyon Company, 1911.