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Belle de Louvain plum trees

Belle de Louvain plum tree
  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-August)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Belle de Louvain plums are very large, oval-shaped, and dark red, becoming purple when fully ripe.

Belle de Louvain is primarily a culinary plum, with a sweet-sharp plum flavour when cooked. The flesh is also fairly dry, which is useful in recipes where the surrounding pastry or cake mix must not be diluted with excess liquid.

The tree is strong and healthy, crops heavily, and is suitable for a wide range of situations.

Belle de Louvain plum trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

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Summary features of Belle de Louvain

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: Belgium
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Purple
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated?

Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Tolerates north-facing shade

Pollination guide for Belle de Louvain

Belle de Louvain is in flowering group 3. Belle de Louvain is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other plum trees.

How to grow Belle de Louvain plum trees

Belle de Louvain is a useful plum tree for difficult situations. Its flowers are frost-resistant, and it can tolerate shade and cool summer conditions (including north-facing walls) whilst still producing a good crop.

Historical details

Belgium, 19th century.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Belle de Louvain'