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Stone Fruit Hybrids

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Plant hybridization is the crossbreeding of different plant varieties. It can happen naturally but more often comes from deliberate work. A goal of hybridization is creating a new plant with the most desirable traits of its parents, such as the sweetness of a peach and the tartness of a plum. There are many different types of stone fruit hybrids. Here are some examples:
  • Pluot and aprium: hybrids of a plum and an apricot, named for which fruit dominates.
  • Plumcot: a 50–50 hybrid of a plum and an apricot.
  • Peacotum: a hybrid of peach, apricot, and plum.
  • Nectaplum: a hybrid of a nectarine and a plum.
  • Cherum: a hybrid of a cherry and a plum.
  • Peacherine and pectarine: hybrids of a peach and a nectarine.
  • Nectarcot: a hybrid of a nectarine and an apricot.
These hybrids have had varying degrees of commercial success, and availability may be limited. But development continues, so you may hear of others in the future.
Months applicable
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
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