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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 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.

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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 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.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Plum
Subcategory: Hybrid

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: yellow
Flesh color: yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Robinson x Myrobalan x Wickson
Origin: Santa Rosa, California
Introduced in: 1898
Introduced by: Luther Burbank

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 8
Chill hours: 500
Ripening date: Jul 13 (approximate, in New York State) 50 days before Stanley

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Myrobalan Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Standard (100% Size)
Tree spacing: See details
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Brown Rot, Blossom Blight, Fruit Rot: Susceptible
Black Knot: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? Partial
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Standard (100% Size)

Pollination Partners

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