CALITA, NEW PLUM VARIETY
In 1968 it was imported into Italy by Istituto Sperimentale per la Frutticoltura, Roma, and it was observed its performance in Experimental Fields located on North, Middle and South of the Country.
The Istituto Sperimentale per la Frutticoltura and the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C., jointly have decided to introduce in Italy Calita (name derives from California and Italy) because of its outstanding fruit quality, regular production and firmness under italian conditions. In California and Washington, its performance has not been superior to other varieties ripening at the same time and the-refore is not being recommended for either California and Washington.
Calita is a japanese plum variety. Blossom begins 4–5 days after Shiro and lasts about 15 days. The flowers are self-infertile and require a pollinizer. Laroda, S. Rosa, Burbank, Sorriso di Primavera and Morettini 355 have been good pollinizers.
The trees are upright to spreading, vigorous and productive. The fruit is larger, g 110 in weigth, round to slightly ovate and slightly asymmetrical in shape. The diameter is mm58. The skin is red violet when fully mature. The flesh is yellow,