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Ruby

Ruby cherry plums

Produces the largest fruit of any Mirabelle or Cherry Plum. The flesh dark red and has a peach-like flavour, and can be eaten fresh although like all mirabelles and cherry plums it is mainly used for cooking.

The fruits are clingstone - the flesh sticks to the stone. However the very large size of the fruits means this is not really an issue for use in the kitchen.

The large fruit size and red-flesh suggests that Ruby may have some relation to the popular Japanese plums.

Prunus x cerasifera

Ruby cherry plum trees for sale

  • 1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries resume December 2020


How to grow

Ruby grows with a distinctly upright habit, and is quite different in this respect from the more spreading form associated with similar varieties. It is therefore a good choice if space is limited.

As well as the pollination partners mentioned above, Ruby will also cross-pollinate with most early-flowering Plum and Damson varieties.

The fruits ripen towards the end of July in southern England.

Ruby characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Useful forCulinary
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group1
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourVigorous
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Climate typeTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUkraine
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourRed