A red-leafed variety of Larch plum (Lama) and other varieties of Russian plum of these species
For several years I was looking at decorative plums and apple trees. Agree, the modern garden for the townspeople is not just a place of "extraction" of fruits and vegetables. This is a place of rest, where everything should be fine.
And of course, I want to greet the spring with green lawn grass, white foam of flowering cherries and plums. But in this harmony of white and green do not prevent shades of pink or red.
Very effective plum nigra. It seemed, here it is - an unusual spot in the spring range of the garden: dark red, almost black leaves and pink flowers. Miraculous are many varieties of apple trees. But two facts about these cultures stopped my hand opening the purse. First, the taste of fruits, even the most liberal look, is mediocre. But I want to combine beauty and favor. Secondly, over time these plants grow into giants, which is not very good for my small garden.
And one day in the Kaluga state testing station at Sergei Esichev I saw a small tree with glossy red-chocolate leaves. The shape of the leaves said - this is most likely apricot. But on the branches hung large clusters of purple-red plums. I was offered a try.
Reference by topic: Hybrid cherry plum or Russian plum: varieties and care
Alycha varieties Lama
Plums were pleasantly sour-sweet with a thin almond flavor, red juicy pulp easily separated from the stone. It was wonderful variety of Russian plum (cherry plum) Lama.
In addition to the decorative qualities and high yield of fairly large fruits, he has other advantages. Beautiful, flat-crowned, the height of an adult tree is not more than 2 m. High winter hardiness. Unlike many other varieties of cherry plums, Lama wakes up late, the bloom does not fall under frost.
But the most pleasant discovery was waiting for me in the first year of planting: in the spring, leaves of caramel color unfolded from the kidneys - tender, large, with a pleasant glossy gloss. They were just turning around, and on the branches "gently pink flowers" were boiling. Yes, I did not make a reservation, the sapling-two-year-old did not just give single flowers, but abundant flowering. And in general, the harvest was decent.
As the aging process, the leaves became darker, chocolate-red, but caramel colors still attracted attention on young growths. And the reddening is primarily manifested on the inside of the leaf, and the upper side becomes green during the summer.
It is this game of colors, the brilliance of noble chocolate that brings to the garden not gloomy colors, like Nigra's, but a festive mood. And it is very plastic, it easily tolerates the shaping pruning, which makes it possible to give the crown a special shape. Therefore, I can recommend this variety to everyone - decorate the garden, and taste delicious fruits in late August and early September.
See also: Growing plum in the suburbs
What else can I note.
Because of the flowering period, it is obvious that the moth was deceived - she did not get a delicious cherry plum. As, indeed, the birds - for some reason they do not like to feast on cherry plum, although the plum is gamboled with excitement. But the Lama, starting from the stage of the ovaries, has dark red fruit, which apparently confuses the birds.
The harvest of Plum arabic is very high.
What is important, removed by immature, the fruits of the riches are perfectly ripe in the box. Only one problem: you need a sort of pollinator in the garden or neighbors that will make the harvest stable and as high as possible. So in the spring again I will go to Yesichev for a new plum tree - Maroi. This is also a diploid variety of Belarusian selection. Although my collection of plums and coping with the pollination of Lama, but since experts consider Mara the best pollinator - it is necessary to take. As at this grade very tasty yellow fruits.
For the sake of justice, one drawback of the Lama should be noted: in the windy weather, its mature fruits crumble together. But this drawback overlaps the advantages. So my special thanks to the Belarusian breeder Valery Matveyev for this wonderful variety.
See also: Fruit plum growing and tree care
Other varieties of red-leaved plums
Very decorative decorative purple-leaved form of plum cherry (plum Pissard) Atropurpurea, as well as varieties Nigra, Woodi. We irretcist the variety Purpusii (Hessei) - Shrubby garden shape, the leaves at the dissolving pale green, then become purple-violet with an uneven cream or pink border, white flowers. Unfortunately, these varieties are unstable in the middle belt, they are often frozen (they are in fact withdrawn in France and California). More promising hybrids of Pissard plum with other plums - for example, cystea plum (hybrid with dwarf plum), varieties Scarlet Sails, Spring Flame, Red Ribbon, Cocheco, Trailblazer (Hollywood), Purpleleaf Kelsey.
© N.DORONINA, garden designer The Moscow region.
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