- Picking season: Late
- Country of origin: United Kingdom
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Flowering group: 3
Denbigh is a high quality Welsh dual-purpose plum, excelling both for eating fresh and for culinary use.
The fruits are an attractive orange / red colour with some speckling, turning darker red as the season progresses. The stone clings to the flesh.
Harvest time in Wales varies from mid-August to early September - it should be picked earlier for use in the kitchen or later for eating fresh.
Denbigh plum trees for sale
Deliveries available until February 2020.
1-year maiden bare-root
Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)
Out of stock
How to grow
Denbigh is easy to grow. Although not self-fertile, it is easily pollinated by other plum varieties - commercial growers in the Vale of Clywyd use Victoria, Czar, and Marjorie's Seedling as pollinators.
The local climate where the Denbigh plum originates from is mild and temperate, and Denbigh is naturally resistant to the fungal infections which thrive in these conditions. The blossom is not frost-resistant since the local climate is frost-free during the flowering season.
Although rainfall in the area is relatively low (much lower than the capital city, Cardiff) the water table is high and it is assumed the variety needs good irrigation.
Commercial growers carry out regular pruning in May.
The Denbigh plum originates from the Vale of Clwyd, a very small area around the town of Denbigh in north Wales, where it has been grown for centuries. It is the only plum variety native to Wales.
In 2019 the Denbigh plum was recognised as a Protected Food Name by the European Union. Other Welsh food products with this designation include Welsh lamb and Caerphilly cheese. Click here to view the official product submission, which also includes a wealth of detail about the history and production of this variety.
Denbigh is also known as Queen's Crown and Cox's Emperor.
- Picking season:Late
- Keeping:1 week
- Fruit persistence:Ripens over a period
- Useful for:Eating freshCulinaryDual purpose
- Gardening skill:Beginner
- Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
- Flowering group:3
- Pollinating others:Average
- Vigour:Average vigour
- Bearing regularity:Regular
- Bacterial canker:Some resistance
- Silverleaf:Some resistance
- Disease resistance:Good
- Climate type:Temperate climatesMild damp climates
- Frost resistance of blossom:Susceptible
- Country of origin:United Kingdom
- Period of origin:1750 - 1799
- Flower colour:White
- Fruit colour:Orange / Red
- Fruit size:Average