New Creations supplement, p. 12 (1901)
Luther Burbank

Improved Beach Plum

YOU might suppose the above cut represented a Huckleberry branch which had attempted to carry an unusual load, but no ! it is a branch three and one-half feet long (reduced about seven times) of our Improved Beach Plum (Prunus maritima), a full size fruit being shown at the lower left-hand corner, and one of the original, wild Beach plums below. The Improved Beach plum is larger than Wayland. The Beach plum is as hardy as about anything that grows and as productive every season as any fruit which mother earth produces, growing on dwarf, compact, bush-like trees. It has heretofore been known as a small, dull colored, bitter fruit fit to eat only when cooked. Our new one grows on a compact, handsome tree enlarged in all respects and the fruit is a beautiful deep purple, dotted white, with a white bloom and is rich and delicious to eat fresh from the tree, not having a trace of the original bitter taste. Flesh deep yellow, freestone, stone of the same size and appearance of a cherry stone. Fruit ripens with the common Beach plum. The trees bloom at the very end of the blooming season, later than any other plum. The Beach plum has long been known to horticulturists to possess rare possibilities and now you have it developed beyond the dreams of the most enthusiastic fruit growers, who will plant them in the warm belt, in the frost belt, in the fertile belt, in the barren belt and produce an abundance of plums where plums would not grow before.

Price for the whole stock and control, $1,000. Grafting wood will be sold this season at $100 per foot, if the whole stock is not purchased by February 15th. No wood delivered until that date.

Burbank: Prunus maritima hybrids (1914)