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Denbigh

  • 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. 

Prunus domestica

Denbigh plum trees for sale

  • 1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Brompton rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)
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Deliveries resume December 2020


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.

History

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.

Denbigh characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping1 week
  • Fruit persistenceRipens over a period
  • Useful forEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Bacterial cankerSome resistance
  • SilverleafSome resistance
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Climate typeTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Frost resistance of blossomSusceptible
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1750 - 1799
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • Fruit sizeAverage