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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Spring Satin Plumcot

Author
item Okie, William

Submitted to: Journal of American Pomological Society
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: July 10, 2005
Publication Date: August 1, 2005
Citation: Okie, W.R. 2005. Spring satin plumcot. Journal of American Pomological Society. 59(3):119-124.

Interpretive Summary: Hybrids between Japanese-type plums and apricots are referred to as plumcots. This paper reviews the origin and history of plumcots as well as describes ‘Spring Satin’ and its origin. Natural plumcots have been known for hundreds of years from regions of the world that grow both plums and apricots from seed. ‘Spring Satin’ is a large, high-quality, early-ripening fruit that is well-adapted to the humid climate of the southeastern United States. 'Spring Satin’ is the first plumcot cultivar released by a public breeding program. Plumcots combine flavors and quality from both parents, resulting in plum-like fruit with more complex flavor. Availability of plumcots will increase the array of high-quality fruits available in the market for consumers.

Technical Abstract: Hybrids between plums (Prunus salicina Lindl., P. cerasifera Ehrh. or their hybrids) and apricots (P. armeniaca L.) are referred to as plumcots. Most commercial plumcots are from California and poorly adapted to the southeastern climate. ‘Spring Satin’ is a large, high-quality, early-ripening fruit that is well-adapted to the humid climate of the southeastern United States. ‘Spring Satin’ is the first plumcot cultivar released by a public breeding program. This paper reviews the origin and history of plumcots as well as describes ‘Spring Satin’ and its origin. Natural plumcots have been known for hundreds of years from regions of the world that grow both plums and apricots from seed.

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