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PRUNUS 'Dapple Dandy'

Image of Prunus 'Dapple Dandy'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS 'Dapple Dandy'

Plant Common Name

Dapple Dandy Pluot, Plum Apricot Hybrid

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General Description

In very early spring, the upright branches of the Dapple Dandy plumcot (a plum and apricot blend) are flocked with single, five-petaled white blossoms that become delicious edible fruits in late summer. A hybrid fruit-bearing tree with ornamental qualities, the plumcot results by crossing an apricot (Prunus armeniaca)with a plum (Prunus domestica) that shows slightly more apricot qualities than those of plum, thus sometimes called by the trademarked name of Pluotâ„¢.

The branches are lined with many white blossoms that are pollinated by bees as early as late winter in mild winter regions to early spring elsewhere. Bright green leaves emerge as the early spring flowering subsides. The fruits are green skinned as they develop, ripening to a spotted maroon and orange-yellow with a very sweet and delicious flesh of red with ivory that tastes of a sweetened blend of plum and apricot flavors. In autumn the foliage displays attractive yellow and orange-red coloring.

Plant the Dapple Dandy plumcot in full to partial sun and fertile, moist soil with good drainage that is not alkaline. Although having a slight drought tolerance, it displays best growth, fruiting and overall beauty with regular moisture. Fruit production is greater with other plumcot trees nearby for pollination, as well as the Japanese plum cultivars 'Santa Rosa' or 'Burgundy'. Use it as an ornamental flowering accent tree in the yard with the added benefit of edible fruits. It can be a small avenue accent tree as well as espaliered or grown as a specimen in a large container. Its snowy flowers will stand out if the tree is planted in front of a dark colored building or backdrop of evergreens. As it is so early flowering, late winter freezes can diminish buds and subsequent fruits in some climates.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12'-18' / 3.7m - 5.5m

  • Width

    10'-16' / 3.0m - 4.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Gold, Dark Red

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Orange, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No