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Mystery of my "evergreen" plum sapling.

My 5 plum saplings that were grown from  seed/stone in 2019  have been outdoors all winter thus far. 4 of them lost their leaves soon after putting them outdoors in the autumn.

They were  altogether outdoors  in 2lt pots.

Mysteriously to me, but possibly not to the knowledgeable members on here, one of the saplings has retained it's leaves-see photo. Why is this?

 Maybe there is a variety of plum that   is not diciduous?

I have not googled this as yet, and prefer to call on the experience of the forum.


  • Additional info- photo was taken a few days ago, this week.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,526
    It’s possible that the “evergreen” one has been receiving heat from two walls, in a cosy corner,  whereas the others have only been warmed by one.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,792
    That was also my thought.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Yes I cannot think of anything else that it could be.
  • Unless it is not a plum seedling but a stray weed seedling. Difficult to tell at this syage of growth.
  • I didn't notice any difference during germination and onwards. That is all I can say really.

    Some weeds seem to mimic other non weed species.

    I planted some horse chestnuts here & there along the canal a while ago. When I have later tried to find them, I have struggled. But while looking I found a  weed that looked very similar to the HC leaves, there were  lots of this specific weed. I had to do a "double take" That is probably coincidence?
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