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Plum trees

One of the easiest fruits to grow, we love plum trees and can advise on all aspects of choosing and planting them.

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    Avalon

    Avalon plum trees
    Avalon is a large mid-season red/purple plum, similar to Victoria, with a very good flavour.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Belle de Louvain

    Belle de Louvain plum trees
    Belle de Louvain is a large purple culinary plum, useful because it can be grown on north-facing walls.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: Belgium
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Blaisdon Red

    A popular red-purple plum, which produces a bright red plum jam.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Cambridge Gage

    Cambridge Gage plum trees
    Cambridge Gage is a reliable green gage, similar to Old Green Gage, with an excellent flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Coe's Golden Drop

    Coe's Golden Drop plum trees
    Coe's Golden Drop is a large oval gage from the 18th century, noted for its excellent flavour.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Czar

    Czar plum trees
    Czar is a traditional culinary plum, one of the easiest plums trees, will even fruit on north-facing walls.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Denbigh

    A large red plum with an excellent for eating fresh and also good in the kitchen.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Denniston's Superb

    Denniston's Superb plum trees
    Denniston's Superb is a gage-like green plum, raised in New York in the 19th century.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: United States
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Early Transparent Gage

    Early Transparent Gage plum trees
    One of the easier gages to grow, Early Transparent has attractive semi-translucent fruit.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Edda

    Edda plum trees
    A good quality and cold-hardy early-season purple plum from Norway.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: Norway
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Excalibur

    Excalibur plum trees
    Excalibur is a red-purple plum, similar to Victoria but with a better flavour for eating fresh.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Gordon Castle

    This late-season green plum originates from Scotland and has an excellent sweet flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Guinevere

    Guinevere plum trees
    Guinevere is a modern late-season dessert plum, with a good flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Haganta

    Haganta plum trees
    Haganta is a new large blue plum from Germany, one of the latest-ripening and an excellent flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: Germany
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Hauszwetsche German Prune

    Hauszwetsche German Prune plum trees
    Hauszwetsche is a damson-like Quetsche or Zwetsche plum, ideal for German-style cakes and desserts.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Country of origin: Germany
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Herman

    Herman plum trees
    Herman is one of the best quality early-season plum varieties, blue/purple with yellow flesh.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: Sweden
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Jefferson

    Jefferson plum trees
    Jefferson is a a large yellow gage / plum, easy to grow, crops well, very juicy and great flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: United States
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Jubilee

    Jubilee plum trees
    Jubilee is a new heavy-cropping dessert plum variety, similar to Victoria but larger and more reliable.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: Sweden
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Katinka

    Katinka is an excellent early season eating plum.
    • Picking season: Very early
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: Germany
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Kea

    The Kea plum comes from the area around Kea in Cornwall, in south-west England.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Kirke's Blue

    Kirke's Blue plum trees
    An old-fashioned blue plum with a rich sweet flavour.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Lindsey Gage

    Lindsey Gage is a sweet-flavoured green gage, similar to Cambridge Gage.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Marjorie's Seedling

    Marjorie's Seedling plum trees
    Marjorie's Seedling is an easy to grow, late-season, heavy cropping purple/black plum.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Meritare

    An attractive new early-season dessert plum from Sweden, with large fruits and good cold-hardiness.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: France
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Old Green Gage

    Old Green Gage plum trees
    The definitive gage - Old Green Gage is arguably the best-flavoured of any plum variety.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: France
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Opal

    Opal plum trees
    Opal is an early plum variety with a good flavour, self-fertile and very easy to grow.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: Sweden
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Purple Pershore

    Purple Pershore plum trees
    Very similar to Yellow Pershore and with the same excellent culinary qualities.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Reine Claude de Bavay

    Reine Claude de Bavay plum trees
    The most widely-grown green gage, Reine Claude de Bavay has the distinctive gage-like flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: Belgium
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Reine Claude Doree

    A high-quality yellow-green gage, and usually more productive than other green gages.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: France
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Reine Claude Violette

    A traditional French gage first recorded in the 18th century, noted for its excellent flavour. Also known as Purple Gage.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: France
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Rivers' Early Prolific

    Rivers' Early Prolific plum trees
    Early Prolific is a very heavy-cropping early-season plum, raised by the famous Rivers nursery.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Seneca

    Seneca plum trees
    Seneca is a high-quality late-season large American plum with a notably sweet flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United States
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Stella's Star

    Stella's Star plum trees
    A modern green-gage, more productive and easier to grow in the UK than the traditional ones.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Thames Cross

    Thames Cross plum trees
    Thames Cross is a versatile dual-purpose plum, related to Coe's Golden Drop.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Victoria

    Victoria plum trees
    Victoria is the classic English plum - attractive fruit, good for eating, and outstanding flavour for cooking. It's also easy to grow and very productive.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Warwickshire Drooper

    Warwickshire Drooper plum trees
    Warwickshire Drooper is a good quality dual-purpose yellow plum, with heavy crops.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Willingham

    A traditional English green gage, with a reputation for excellent flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Yellow Pershore

    Yellow Pershore plum trees
    Also known as Yellow Egg, Yellow Pershore is a self-fertile heavy cropping culinary plum.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile


How to choose Plum trees

If you are new to growing fruit trees, plum trees make an excellent choice. Plum trees are easy to grow - usually easier than apples and pears - and require very little training or pruning. The only horticultural challenge is that plums flower quite early in spring, so locations that are prone to frosts are best avoided (or choose a late-flowering or frost-resistant variety). They thrive in most conditions, but they prefer water-retentive soils, and mulching is therefore particularly important for plum trees - farmyard manure is ideal.

Unlike most apples and pears, many plum varieties are self-fertile or partially self-fertile and do not need a pollination partner. For plum varieties that are not self-fertile, another plum tree of a different variety flowering at the same time is usually all that is necessary to ensure good pollination and heavy crops - there are few of the pollination incompatibilities found with apples, pears and cherries.

Plums are also more nutrient-rich than apples or pears, and comparable to some other "superfoods" such as blueberries. Although plum trees do suffer from a range of diseases, they seem to catch them less often than other fruit varieties. Most important of all, the flavour of ripe home-grown plums is vastly superior to shop-bought fruit. Indeed in our opinion freshly-picked dessert plums can offer the most exquisite sweet flavours of any fruit available from the temperate garden.