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Graft peach/plum to chokecherry tree?

Posted by TheDerek 4a (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 24, 13 at 10:37

Is this possible? I have a contender and reliance peach and am wondering if a graft would take on a friends chokecherry....

Someone must have tried this, but I cant find any info on the net.


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RE: Graft peach/plum to chokecherry tree?

Not sure. Make sure it's a choke cherry. A lot of people think wild black cherry that grows upwards to 80 foot is choke cherry. Nothing but wild black cherry can be grafted to wild black cherry. Some people have successfully grafted stone fruit to choke cherry, and used it as root stock.

RE: Graft peach/plum to chokecherry tree?

If TheDerek is anywhere outside of the Eastern US, he probably does mean chokecherry.

I'm also not sure about this... I would not choose it personally simply because I am not impressed with the growth form, habits, and disease resistance (or lack thereof) of chokecherry.

Instead I am experimenting with apricot for stone fruit rootstock. I have seen several references stating it works for peach, plum, and cherry. I'm optimistic because apricot trees do very well in my area, are really low-maintenance, and are easy to propagate from seed.

Have you looked into Prunus besseyi, aka "Sand Cherry" for rootstock? It is super hardy, diminutive in form, and low-maintenance too. I vaguely remember reading something about a problem with longevity, but I'm not sure...

Good luck.

RE: Graft peach/plum to chokecherry tree?


I've got peach, plum and pluot grafted to an apricot...i'll let you know how they do (budded last summer)>

RE: Graft peach/plum to chokecherry tree?

  • Posted by olpea zone 6 KS (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 25, 13 at 9:19

I wouldn't graft peach to choke cherry. Even if it worked, chokecherry is recognized as a significant risk in transmitting X disease to peach. It's generally recommended to remove all chokecherry near a peach planting.

Peach easily sprout from seed. Plant a small row of peach pits this spring (about 2" deep) keep well watered (but not soggy) and you should get some sprouts to come up. These can be budded in late summer as "sleepy eyes". If they will survive outside, you can leave them where they are and transfer them next spring to your permanent location.

If it's too cold for the young sleepy eyes (although I've never tried this) I see no reason why you couldn't pot them up this fall, store over winter in a cool garage, and move them to your permanent location next spring.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chokecherry X disease

RE: Graft peach/plum to chokecherry tree?

I have a peach stock with apricot, nectarine and plum grafted on it. Last year all of the fruit seemed to be either peach or nectarine. The grafts all seemed to take, but I did personnaly see the scions so I am not sure that they were as depicted. I did get a lot of fruit, but did not spray for insects, so there was a lot of insect damage to the fruit.

RE: Graft peach/plum to chokecherry tree?

Thanks for the warning about chokecherry. I do have sand cherries growing in my parents yard, that might be interesting to try as rootstock, gotta root some cuttings first tho. Problem with growing from seed where it gets to -30f fairly often is, I doubt most seed plant would be hardy enough to survive...

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