This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
IT appears, from observation and trial, that some varieties of the plum do better worked upon the peach than upon its own stock. Mr. J. S. Downer, of Kentucky, writes us, in a note upon the Wild Goose plum, that "worked upon the peach, the tree fruits earlier and more abundant than when grown upon the plum stock." Mr. F. K. Phoenix, also a good authority, writes to the Western Rural upon the subject:
" I have tried plum on peach for several years, and find that of those varieties that will grow on the peach, the trees seem quite as healthy, productive and long-lived as those on the plum root. Have several times noticed that when planted deep enough, the plum stock threw out roots, and so grew to be plum on plum - in fact, plum on their own roots. The plum usually strikes root easily. Lombard, Smith's Orleans and Washington, with me, refuse to grow on the peach, while German Prince, Yellow Egg, Imperial Gage, Bradshaw, Reine, Claude do Bevay, Coe's Golden Drop, Miner, Wild Goose and many others, do very well on the peach. On the peach the growth is often stronger than on the plum; in fact, so very strong that, while rankest and most tender, the buds suffer severely from high winds, unless staked.