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Bluebyrd Plum on Myrobalan (Spring 2025)

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A tasty blue-skinned European plum with black knot resistance. Also known as B69158, Blue Byrd.

Black knot is one of the most common ailments to afflict plum trees, and reports from Dr. Ralph Scorza at the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station suggest that Bluebyrd may be resistant to this disease. The tree has an erect growth habit, is vigorous, hardy (well adapted to the mid-Atlantic region), and productive. Fruit thinning is recommended for years when fruit set is especially heavy. This tree is not self-fertile and will require a pollinizer. It has an early bloom and compatible varieties include Bluefre, Green Gage, President, Stanley, and Reine Claude de Bavay.

Bluebyrd produces fruit that is bright blue with a waxy finish and yellow fleshed. These plums are slightly ovate and about two inches long. The flesh is firm, clings slightly to the stone, and has an excellent sugar-acid balance. This is a very sweet plum that makes a great treat for fresh eating and is suitable for canning and drying.

Bluebyrd is named after US Senator Robert C. Byrd, who dedicated the West Virginia research facility that produced this plum.

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Black knot is one of the most common ailments to afflict plum trees, and reports from Dr. Ralph Scorza at the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station suggest that Bluebyrd may be resistant to this disease. The tree has an erect growth habit, is vigorous, hardy (well adapted to the mid-Atlantic region), and productive. Fruit thinning is recommended for years when fruit set is especially heavy. This tree is not self-fertile and will require a pollinizer. It has an early bloom and compatible varieties include Bluefre, Green Gage, President, Stanley, and Reine Claude de Bavay.

Bluebyrd produces fruit that is bright blue with a waxy finish and yellow fleshed. These plums are slightly ovate and about two inches long. The flesh is firm, clings slightly to the stone, and has an excellent sugar-acid balance. This is a very sweet plum that makes a great treat for fresh eating and is suitable for canning and drying.

Bluebyrd is named after US Senator Robert C. Byrd, who dedicated the West Virginia research facility that produced this plum.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Plum
Subcategory: European

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, storage, canning, freezing, jelly, sauce
Storage duration: one to three months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: blue
Flesh color: yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: NY H4 open pollinated
Origin: Kearneysville, West Virginia
Introduced in: 1999
Introduced by: ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 8
Chill hours: 700
Ripening date: Aug 22 (approximate, in New York State) 10 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

Black Knot: Very Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

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

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