Cambridge Gage plum trees

Cambridge Gage plum tree
  • Pick: Late-season (late August)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Cambridge Gage

Cambridge Gage is a classic English green gage, with a high quality gage-like flavour. It is a close substitute for the traditional Old Green Gage, but slightly more vigorous and easier to grow.

Cambridge Gage ripens towards the end of August, and is equally good as a fresh dessert plum or for culinary purposes.

Cambridge Gage plum trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock 23.90
Large  (3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Wavit rootstock 23.90
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock 23.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Cambridge Gage

Growing

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

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
    1998
  • Popularity: Under-rated?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Cambridge Gage

Cambridge Gage is in flowering group 3. Cambridge Gage is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will 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 Cambridge Gage plum trees

Cambridge Gage is very similar to Old Green Gage in most respects but is generally found to be a more reliable cropper with consistent crops from year to year.

As with most green gages it prefers a dry climate and does best when planted in a sunny aspect.

Cambridge Gage is partially self-fertile (unlike Old Green Gage) but it helps if there is another pollinator nearby - the popular Victoria plum tree is a good choice.

Historical details

Cambridge Gage is thought to be a seedling of Old Green Gage, and was grown commercially in the Cambridge area by the jam manufacturers Chivers in the early 20th century. It was probably discovered at the end of the 19th century.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Cambridge Gage'