Semi-Dwarf (S/D ) trees may be held to desired size by summer pruning & regular winter pruning. Average height without summer pruning is between 15 - 24 feet.
The Semi-Dwarf trees need 400 chill hours, are self-fruitful & bear in early June. Maroon colored skin, semi-freestone flesh. Sweet with little or no tartness & very pleasing, mild flavor. Prolonged harvest. Very productive. Narrow, upright habit.
Fruit is large & black & a favorite fresh market plum. Sweet & juicy &stays firm when ripr. The skin & pit area have very little tartness. A very productive tree w/ high taste tea scores.Ripens July to Aug. in So.Cal. One of the BEST plums for fresh eating! Self-fruitful. Needs 400 chill hrs.
A unique eating pleasure! An unforgettable eating experience w/ its golden skin & firm amber flesh. Very sweet & flavorful. The pit is small. Fruit keeps well & ripens in late July. Self-fruitful & requires 4-500 chill hours.
Semi-Dwarf, requiring 400+ chill hours. Self-fruitful. Purplish black skin, amber flesh. Large, firm, flattened shape. VERY sweet and flavorful with very little tartness at the skin & pit. Excellent for home orchards. Bears in late July.
Standard size tree, self-fruitful, needs 300 chill hours. The most popular plum in Calif. Juicy, tangy, flavorful. Reddish-purple skin, amber flesh, tinged red. Good production. Bears mid June.
Standard size tree, bearing late July. Favorite in So. Cal. Mottled maroon over green skin, dark red meaty flesh. Sweet & mild, not tart. Very good for jam. Pollinate with Santa Rosa. 300 chill hrs.
- Apricot & Aprium
- Fig & Jujube
- Pear, Asian & Domestic
- Pomegranate & Pluot
Cold chill hours can be a little confusing. Basically they are the number of hours below 45°F subtracting the number of hours above 60°F between the months of November and February.
If you live in or around any of these areas, your average chill hours are:
- Malibu, Ventura, Santa Barbara: ± 300 Hours
- San Fernando Valley, Fillmore, Simi Valley: ± 800 Hours or less
- Santa Clarita, Lancaster: 800 Hours or more
There is no simple test for "Chill Hours" and they are calculated as an average. Each winter season differs in total chill hours accumulated, which can affect fruit production. Most of the fruit trees we carry at Otto & Sons are classified as low chill requirement and are better matched for our Southern California chill hours.