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Denniston's Superb

  • Denniston's Superb
  • Denniston's Superb
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

The small round green fruits of Denniston's Superb look like typical green gages, and have the rich gage-like flavor. However, illustrating how ill-defined the boundary between European plum and gage is, it is now generally considered to be a true European plum, on the basis of its upright growth habit and generally reliable productivity.

These niceties need not both the gardener - if you want a green gage without the fussy demands of some other green gages, this is the one to choose.

Rated by the Victorian writer Hogg as "a first-rate dessert plum".

Prunus domestica

Denniston's Superb 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

Although the round green fruit resembles a green gage, Denniston's Superb grows more like a plum tree - upright, quite vigorously, and with good disease resistance. The long whippy branches soon adopt a weeping habit when loaded with fruit.



History

Raised by Mr Denniston of Albany, New York, USA in the 19th century.



Denniston's Superb characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-August
    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):1-3 days
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Dual purpose (eat + cook)
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:2
    • Pollinating others:Good
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United States
    • Period of origin:1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour:Green - light