A hardy, self-fertile pear with exceptionally good flavor.
Shiro Plum on Myrobalan (Spring 2023)
A sweet, yellow, early-season plum.
Adaptable to a broad range of climates, this is one of the most consistently productive Japanese plums in western New York, and it performs very well on the West Coast. Shiro grows on a medium-sized, vigorous, hardy, and long-lived tree that is somewhat susceptible to brown rot but somewhat resistant to black knot. This variety is partially self-fertile but it should be planted with another early-blooming Japanese plum for optimal cropping. Recommended partners include Methley, Vanier, Vampire, and Burbank. Studies suggest that Early Golden will not pollinate Shiro.
The medium sized fruit is a pretty golden-yellow, sometimes with a delicate pink blush, and slightly oval. The juicy flesh is a light, translucent yellow and has a tender, melting texture. The flavor is sweet and mild with a slightly tart skin. Shiro doesn't ship well, but it is a great plum for home gardens, farmstands, and U-pick orchards. Ripening early July in Geneva, NY (about ten days after Early Golden), Shiro is a very attractive early-season plum with broad appeal.
Shiro was developed by Luther Burbank, who also gave us Santa Rosa, Burbank, Beauty, and Wickson plums. Shiro was reported by Burbank to be a progeny of Robinson (Prunus munsoniana), Myrobalan (Prunus cerasifera), and Wickson (a cross of Prunus triflora and Prunus simonii) from a Wickson seed. It was introduced in 1899.
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: yellow
Flesh color: yellow
Parentage: Robinson x Myrobalan x Wickson
Origin: Santa Rosa, California
Introduced in: 1898
Introduced by: Luther Burbank
Calendar & Geography
Tree Height & Spacing
Diseases & Pests
Is it self-fertile? Partial
Is it fertile? Y
Rootstock size class: Standard (100% Size)
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