Partly funded by Hortgro. An early dark black, round plum with excellent fruit set. Strong vigour. Need ripening, very good eating quality when fully matured and ripened. High acid levels. Short effective pollination period.
Released: May 2009
Fruit kind: Plum
Selection No.: 7A12-2
Origin: ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij
Exclusive licensee: Culdevco (Pty) Ltd
Chilling requirement: Medium to low (400-200 Infruitec Chilling Units)
Growth habit: Semi-spreading
Flowering (10% blossoms open): 1st week August**
Full bloom (80% blossoms open): 2nd week August**
Flower shape: Rosaceous
Bearing habit: On both spurs and shoots
Disease susceptibility (normal sprays): Normal
Rootstocks evaluated: Maridon
Fruit set: Excellent
Blossom or fruit: Fruit thinning required
Intensity of flowers: High
Harvest date (first pick): Week 51 (3rd week December)
Control cultivar: With Sapphire
Production (kg/tree): Excellent (25kg/tree at 4 x 1.5 metre)
Fruit size distribution: Count AA/AAA (120-130g/fruit)
Skin colour: Black
Flesh colour: Green yellow
TSS at harvest: 15˚brix.
Texture: Very firm
Storage ability: Good. Independently evaluated.
ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij: Prof. B Ndimba | Tel: 021 809 3002
Culdevco: Mishkaat Anderson | Tel: 021 888 8473
*= Plant Breeders Rights: ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij
**= Data obtained at Bien Donne, Simondium, Western Cape and is not necessarily representative of other areas.
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