From the founding of Jamestown to the time of Washington and Jefferson, every plantation owner made cider, drank cider, and bragged about his cider.
Shiro originated in California in 1899. It has medium, round, greenish-yellow fruit with a pink blush. The juicy, translucent flesh has a mild sweet flavor. It is excellent for fresh eating, cooking, canning and dessert. The tree is low growing, spreading, very hardy and prolific (may need thinning.) It is a good pollinizer, but not for itself. The chilling requirement is 600 hours. It bears reliably in many climates and is self-fruitful. Japanese plums are vigorous and need another Japanese plum to pollinate them.