This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
T. V. Munson, Denison, Texas, writes: " I send you by mail to day, samples of fruit (green ripens in October), and leaves of a Plum, which grows wild here in various soils, usually in heavy limestone soils. I cannot find it mentioned in any work at hand, and would like to know of you, through Gardener's Monthly, the species to which it belongs. It blooms in umbels before leaves are out. The fruit is very astringent till fully ripe, usually after a frost or two, and heavily coated with white bloom. The trees sometimes grow to forty feet in height and a foot through at base. It is very vigorous, long lived, entirely free from disease, and does not sprout from root as other species. On this account, it seems highly adapted as a stock for the Peach and Plum. It does not seem to suffer from 'root rot' in ' dead soils,' as I have often seen it growing in 'hog-wallow' prairie soils with great vigor to age of twenty-five to forty years. In our experiment so far, it makes a smooth fine stock for budding or grafting upon."
[This Plum is a distinct species, known to Botanists as Prunus umbellata. The facts which Mr. Munson communicates are very interesting, and point to a very useful career in horticulture for this species. - Ed. G. M.]