This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
-- One of Luther Burbank's introductions. Fruit described as very large, glossy coral-red; flesh light yellow, moderately firm; best quality. Ripens about August tenth and is a splendid keeper.
-- It is exceedingly hardy Its propensity for early bearing Is such that before it leaves the nursery row the limbs bend with the weight of fruit until they sometimes break, and this is the case every year -- the curculio having no effect upon it; the fruit is large, showy and of a beautiful amber shade. One of the very best varieties; fruit rich, sweet and a splendid dessert fruit. Ripens August first to fifteenth.
-- The fruit is usually from five to five and a half inches in circumference, and varying less in size than other Japan plums, nearly globular; clear cherry red, with a thin lilac bloom. The flesh is a deep yellow color, very sweet, with a peculiar and agreeable flavor. Valuable for preserving. Ripens August twenty-fifth to September tenth.
-- The introducer, Mr. Burbank, describes: it as follows: "Bartlett is the king for flavor; it out-Bartletts the Bartlett pear in exquisitely perfumed flesh, bears when two years old." Light salmon colored flesh, rather firm, yet juicy. Seed medium size, long, fiat, semi-free. Ripens August fifteenth.
* Berckmans (Botan)
-- Large, round, slightly oblong, sometimes verging to heart shaped; skin yellow, overspread with bright red and light purplish bloom; flesh yellow and of good flavor; cling; an exceptionally good keeper. Ripens about September first.
-- Fruit large, about two inches in diameter, oblonconical; skin pink-red, with many very fine gold dots; flesh yellow, very solid, rather acid, quality very good. cling. Ripens early in September.
-- Tree a tremendous grower and unsurpassed in productiveness, hardy. Is large, fiat, deep reddish-purple; flesh yellow, very sweet, rather firm, exceedingly fragrant, seed small. Like the Apricot Plum the fruit is almost stemless and completely surrounds the older branches. A superior shipping sort. Ripens August twentieth.
* Climax (As described by Luther Burbank)
-- Fruit heart shaped, as large as Wickson and more highly colored, so fragrant that a whole house is perfumed with a single fruit; delicious as could be desired or imagined, and above all, it ripens here July fifteenth. Tree extremely vigorous, rather upright growth with strong branches, prominent buds and very large leaves, the picture of hearty vigor.
-- One of the finest of the Japanese plums in quality, and remarkable for its vigor and productiveness. The plums are of the largest size of its class, bright, orange-yellow skin, mottled and nearly covered with vivid cherry red, exceedingly attractive and beautiful; flesh yellow, firm and delicious. It is an early and regular bearer, bearing each year enormous crops. Ripens about the middle of September after the early peaches and other Japan Plums have done bearing, and keeps in good condition a long time after being picked.
* October Purple
-- A very valuable Japan Plum and latest of them all. Mr. Burbank of Santa Rosa, Cal., has originated a large number of new Plums. "The October Purple", Mr. Burbank pronounces "The Best of Them All." "The October Purple" is a splendid grower, ripens up its wood early to the tip, bears every season; fruits all over the old wood on spurs, instead of away out on the branches like many other kinds. Fruit very large and uniform in size. It is a superb variety." The fruit Is round in form, color a reddish-purple, flesh yellow; stone small, and in quality superb. The tree is a strong, erect grower, forming a nice shapely head, more like the Abundance in this respect. Its season of ripening is from the middle to the last of September. Its large, even size, and beautiful color, late season in ripening, long keeping and superb quality, make it a desirable variety for the garden or for the market. A large handsome, late plum of the choicest flavor.
-- A handsome, very desirable Japanese Plum. Large, nearly round, of a bright yellow with a faint bloom; flesh firm, sweet, rich and dry. Excellent for canning. Ripens last of July.
* Red June
-- Tree a strong grower, productive as Abundance. Fruit medium to large, deep vermilion red, with handsome bloom, very showy; flesh light lemon yellow, slightly sub-acid, of good and pleasant quality; half cling, pit small and is the best in quality of any of the early varieties. Ripens about July twentieths Of fine rich flavor.
-- A purple fleshed plum from Japan, of vigorous growth, with rank, dark green foliage enormously productive of fruit; large and handsome. Pit but little larger than a cherry stone. Fruits at two or three years of age. One of the most valuable of Japan Plums. Quality of the best. Ripens about September twenty-fifth.
* Shiro (As described by Luther Burbank.)
-- "The fruit which is produced in the utmost profusion, is medium to large, very uniform in size, clear light yellow, with an almost imperceptible thin white bloom and so transparent that the pit can be seen through the flesh, which is firm yet juicy, rich, pleasant sub-acid. Ripens about August fifteenth.
-- A remarkably handsome and very large, deep maroon-red Plum. Long-cordate, or oblong pointed; flesh firm, deep amber yellow. clinging to the small pit. Of first quality. An excellent keeper. A cross of Burbank with Kelsey, Burbank furnishing the seed. Ripens middle of September. One of the best Plums in cultivation.