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Czar

Czar
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Czar is a large dark black/purple plum, with good astringency and ideal for culinary purposes. It can also be eaten fresh if you leave it to get fully ripe. Rated by Hogg (writing in the 1880s) as an "excellent plum".

The blossom is unusually large for a plum.

Prunus domestica

Czar plum trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 25.00
    VVA-1 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)


How to grow

Czar is an excellent choice for less than ideal conditions. It is reliable, heavy-cropping, self-fertile, and can be grown shade or north-facing situations if necessary. The tree is compact and attractive. Czar has average disease resistance but good frost resistance.



History

Raised in Hertfordshire in the 1870s, UK, a cross between Prince Englebert and Early Rivers, and named in honour of the Emperor of Russia who was visiting England at the time. Quite widely grown in the UK as a commercial plum variety.



Czar characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):late July
    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):1 week
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Culinary, Dual purpose (eat + cook)
  • Growing

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

    • Silverleaf:Some susceptibility
    • 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:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour:Blue - dark
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit