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Nov 30, 2021 9:03 AM CST
Medart, Florida USDA Zone 9A
1) Will plum trees still fruit in spring if they do not lose their leaves in winter?

2) It is November 30th and my plum trees have not begin to drop their leaves. Should I strip the leaves off of the tree by hand?
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Nov 30, 2021 9:10 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I would just "let them do their thing". If you try to improve and do Mother Natures job for her by stripping off tree leaves, excuse my French, but that is crazy!!
You plant them, nurture them, and just leave them be.
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Nov 30, 2021 9:17 AM CST
Medart, Florida USDA Zone 9A
Thank you for your quick reply. I have seen YouTubers like plant biologist Charles Maliki of IV Organics and Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson strip leaves off of a tree that fails to drop them due to warmer climates. They contend that if they don't drop their leaves they don't go dormant and that no dormancy means no fruit the next year. My plums aren't the only ones not dropping leaves either. This year the apples, apricots, peaches, and pears have not dropped their leaves yet either. Thanks again!
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Nov 30, 2021 9:41 AM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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It may be "too early" to drop leaves this year. While some of my trees are dropping a lot of leaves, other plants are still full of dark green leaves still.
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Nov 30, 2021 10:03 AM CST
Name: brenda reith
pennsauken, nj (Zone 7a)
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I've never heard of doing that. I agree with Bill. leave-excuse the pun-them alone. they're beautiful trees by the way.
listen to your garden
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Nov 30, 2021 10:10 AM CST
Medart, Florida USDA Zone 9A
Thank you all for your help. I know a lot about fruit trees but I don't know everything by far! I grew up in NC zone 6b. Growing fruit and veg there is different.

I am not used to fruit trees still having leaves this late in the year. They are all low chill fruit trees but I know they still need dormancy. I will leave the leaves on and hope for the best.

Thanks again!
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Nov 30, 2021 11:01 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
If you need to relax, grow plants!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
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But you are NOT in a northern climate.
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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Nov 30, 2021 1:54 PM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Azaleas Salvias Roses Plumerias Region: New Hampshire Hydrangeas
Hibiscus Region: Georgia Region: Florida Dog Lover Region: Texas
My apple trees are still holding green foliage as well this year.
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