Pruning Beach Plums for Fruit Production

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Beach plum (Prunus maritima) plants are extremely variable in growth habit. They may vary in size from a small woody, low-lying shrub with numerous shoots to a medium-sized tree with one or more distinct trunks. The fruit is borne on previous season terminal or lateral shoot growth and on short spurs on two-year and older wood. The multi-stemmed plants can be managed for fruit production. However, development and management of some type of tree form is usually more desirable for commercial fruit production.
Pruning; beach plums; fruit production; prunus maritima
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Jenny Carleo
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences