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Denniston's Superb plum trees

  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-August)
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

The small round green fruits of Denniston's Superb look like typical green gages, and have the classic rich gage-like flavour. However this variety is now generally considered to be a true European plum, on the basis of its upright growth habit and reliable cropping.

These niceties need not bother the gardener - if you want a green gage without the fussy demands of some other green gages, Denniston's Superb is a good choice. By the standards of fruiting plums it also has particularly attractive blossom.

Rated by the Victorian writer Hogg as "a first-rate dessert plum".

Denniston's Superb plum trees for sale

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

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of Denniston's Superb


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth
    Relatively vigorous for a gage.?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Very resistant?



  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Denniston's Superb

Denniston's Superb is in flowering group 2. Denniston's Superb 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.

How to grow Denniston's Superb plum trees

Although the round green fruit resembles a green gage, Denniston's Superb grows more like a plum tree - upright, quite vigorously, and with good disease resistance. The long whippy branches soon adopt a weeping habit when loaded with fruit.

Denniston's Superb produces a lot of pollen over a long period in the earlier part of the plum blossom season, and is therefore an excellent pollinator for other early and mid-season flowering plum varieties.

Historical details

Raised by Mr Denniston of Albany, New York, USA in the 19th century.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Denniston's Superb'

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