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Toka Hybrid Plum

Toka Hybrid Plum

History: Toka* is a hybrid of an American plum (Prunus americana) and a Japanese plum (Prunus salicina) that was created by Dr. N.E. Hansen who is known for his extensive career in developing cold hardy plant varieties. He developed Toka at the South Dakota Experiment Station and introduced it in 1911.

Why We Grow It: Toka is also known as Bubblegum plum due to its flavour and smell which bears an uncanny resemblance to bubblegum. These plums are incredibly aromatic, and will fill your kitchen with their perfumed scent as they sit out to ripen. The clingstone fruit features deep red skin and bright yellow freestone flesh that is firm but juicy. It is good for fresh eating or preserving. 

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Sandy loam and loam, like plenty or organic material.  Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Vigorous and hardy with an upright and spreading growth pattern, produces heavy crops. 

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without a Japanese plum tree of a different variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present. Waneta is recommended as a pollinator.

Flowering Time: Early

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Early September

Storage: Keeps about a week in the fridge.

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, preserves

Size including roots:

  • 50-80 cm, 1 year whip
  • 100cm +, 1 year whip/branched (same pricing for trees branched or not over 100cm)

    *It is unclear what this name translates to in English but 'toka' can mean 'etc/among other things' or 'river crossing' in Japanese

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      Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

      Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

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