The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Plum

Слива; Prunus domestica

Prevalence in tree population: 40% (6,272 trees)
Occurrence rate: 93%

The plum is by far the dominant tree on the orchard registers (hazelnuts are a distant second with 14% of the tree population). Plums were widespread and prominent, with an average of 224 trees in the collected gardens of each village (whereas the average number of apple trees was 25).

Mini-trove of botanical illustrations

Where are the trees?

Move your cursor over the map below. White rectangles will appear showing the locations of villages with orchards containing plums.

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