Ok, what's this all about?? One of my European plum trees and one of my Japanese plum trees have each put out a few blooms this last week. Don't they know it's the wrong season? I read that this can be a result of stress. Well let's see....the Japanese plum shouldn't have been too stressed - it's in a nice big bed with lots of space, had fresh lawn clippings and ramial wood chip mulch added awhile back. I guess the deer did snack on some of it's branches, but that was early this summer.
The pic below is from the European plum, which the deer stripped down quite a bit this spring. So, yeah, maybe it's still stressed.
Neither tree should be stressed from too much or too little water - it's been a pretty good year for rain, without major standing water in months.
Wonder what this winter and next spring will bring for these guys - hopefully some plums!!