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Japanese Plums - This class of plums, of which such varieties as Abundance, and Burbank are representative, are not worthy of space in some orchards and their planting can lead only to disappointment. The blossoms are liable to be killed by frost and the fruit is very subject to rot.

Native Plums - There are scores of varieties of natives now known and offered by nurserymen. There are few varieties, however, worthy the space they would occupy on soils where the finer European varieties cannot be grown. The following varieties are most excellent dessert fruits, and a tree or two of each should be planted in every home collection.

Wilder - Dark, dull red covered with yellowish dots. Skin thick, flesh yellow, juicy, rich, sweet and delicious.

Hunt - large, dark red, sprinkled over with numerous small light dots and covered with a light blue bloom. Flesh pale yellow, firm, tender, melting, good.

Downing - Large, crimson; skin thin,and tender; quality good.

Stodard - Large and of good quality.

European Plums - May be quite successfully grown in most regions. The best of all for culinary use. The following are choice varieties.

Bradshaw - Very large; violet in color, excellent in quality. Tree slow to come into bearing. The same as Niagara.

Field - A large blue plum as early as Bradshaw and equally as good in quality.

Moore's Arctic - Very hardy and reliable. Less inclined to rot than most others.

Lombard - Probably planted more extensively than any other variety, and has been found to be reliable in most regions. The fruit must be thinned or, the trees will overbear. Not as much inclined to rot as some, but by no means exempt.

Imperial Gage - A light green plum of excellent quality. Better for home than for market, as its color is against it as a commercial fruit.

Monarch - A large, round, blue medium late free-stone of excellent quality.

Arch Duke - A fine late variety. Large, blue, firm, attractive free-stone. Tree vigorous and prolific. The best of all large, late plums. Quite free from rot.

Grand Duke - A little later than Archduke. Not so good in quality. Pit clings. Large, firm, handsome, free from rot. Tree a slow grower. Should be top-worked upon some vigorous growing sort.

The Damson Class - Shropshire, French and Farleigh are the popular varieties of the Damsons, and should be more, largely planted. Subject to black knot but quite free from rot.