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Belle de Louvain

Belle de Louvain
  • Country of origin: Belgium
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Belle de Louvain plums are very large, oval-shaped, and dark red, becoming purple when fully ripe. This is primarily a culinary plum, the flesh is not particularly juicy, but reveals its true flavor when cooked.

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

Prunus domestica

Belle de Louvain plum trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)


How to grow

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.



History

Belgium, 19th century.



Belle de Louvain characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-August
    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):1-3 days
    • Food uses:Culinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F), Cold (< 20C / 67F)
    • Frost resistance of blossom:Good resistance
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:Belgium
    • Period of origin:1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colour:Purple