Flora expert requested

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I was wondering if someone could tell me with certainty what type of fruit tree I have in my back yard. I've done a search of the web and the closest thing I could find was a mirabella plum. Yet in the few pictures I could find as labeled mirabella the leaves had smooth edges.

It smells sweet and has a pit like a plum.

Further research was stinted because there is very little about the mirabella plum on the web. There isn't even a wiki page. Any help would be much appreciated.

The fruits are pretty close to actual size in this photo.
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The leaf...
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And the tree.

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Actually, that would be a flora expert.[/useless nitpicking]

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Indeed. Fauna is for critters.

The fruit looks a bit like an apricot to me.

Can you name a more exact size? Apricots are about 4-5 cm in diameter, fairly small.

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Note the groove running along the fruit. Your picture seems to show a few of those too, but it could just be a shadow...

[ Saturday, August 25, 2007 11:37: Message edited by: root ]

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I'd say you're looking at some sort of Japanese plum hybrid: they're the most widely cultivated, and hybridisation with a species of apricot is definitely possible.
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@Aran - How's this?
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Between a quarter to a fifty-cent piece. If they get much riper, their skin splits and they fall off the tree. The insides are definately squishy and the skin is smooth.

That Japanese plum looks almost perfect. Serrated leaf and color, but it's so big. I think I'll call it a Japanese cherry plum. Well, now that I know (sort of) what I'm dealing with time to make some jam!

Thanks for the help...

I have at least three other types of berries in the yard. I wonder if any of those are edible, too.

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You could always just eat them, and see how that goes...

I'm guessing you didn't buy many levels of woodcraft.

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Your fruit looks like a mirabelle. And see here, the serrated leaf is a known variation:
serrated leaf, mirabelle

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Or posting a picture of a fruit cut in half would help as well - it definitely looks more plumlike than an apricot, at least.

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Mirabelles were quite common in my childhood. They then vanished from the markets for a long while, but are right now having a 'comeback'. There were and are different varieties, the red-spotted ones being the juiciest and sweetest. The yellow ones are somewhat smaller and harder, less sweet and used mostly for jams and marmelades.

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