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.
How about the wild goose plums is often asked. All say the trees grow splendidly, but the fruit crop where is it? Oh, the plums are beautifnl, golden and red with a fine bloom. From what I have seen in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio in their wild state I infer they generally are shy bearers. The variety sent out largely from Hoopes and Hance are fine growers and make beautiful second-class trees even if they seldom bear fruit. The wild goose plums raised by our friend Wm. Parry are good bearers and of an oblong shape. Those of W. S. Carpenter from California are very prolific and entirely different in fruit, leaf and habit from any I have seen; some are yellow, one variety purple, but as Charles Downing says any person that can successfully grow our best grafted plums has no need of trying the wild or chickasaw varieties. A neighbor told me recently of a great success in growing the wild goose plum. They had washed the tree all over with brine, and although only planted four years, they had more beautiful plums than they needed.