Plums are usually hardy enough for cold-winter areas

Lance Walheim,  – November 2, 2004

Many native plums are very hardy, although fruit quality varies(‘Norther’ and ‘Waneta’ are two selections that have good-qualityfruit). We list hybrid varieties with 1- to 2-inch-diameter fruit.Trees are small and bushy. Plant two varieties to ensure good fruitproduction.

‘Hildreth’, midseason. Small, but excellent quality.Developed in Wyoming.

‘Opata’, midseason to late. Reddish purple skin; yellowgreen flesh is sweet and juicy. Excellent fresh or in jams.

‘Pipestone’, early to midseason. Large, deep red skin withgolden blush. Greenish yellow flesh is sweet and juicy. Good freshor in jams.

‘Superior’, midseason. Large fruit with dark red skin;yellow flesh is juicy with sprightly flavor. Good fresh orpreserved. Not quite as hardy as ‘Pipestone’ (above).

Other hardy plums that may be available locally include’Assinboine’ and ‘Dandy’.