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Excalibur

  • Excalibur
  • Excalibur
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

With the resurgence in interest in plums, growers have increasingly tried to improve on the popular English Victoria plum, and Excalibur is one of the best examples of these improved Victorias. The plums are larger than Victoria, and arguably have a better flavor for eating fresh.

Prunus domestica

Excalibur plum trees for sale

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


How to grow

Unlike Victoria, Excalibur is not self-fertile - it needs a pollination partner, but Victoria is compatible. Cropping is lighter than Victoria (which is no bad thing) but still productive, and Excalibur has better disease resistance.



History

Excalibur was developed by R. Jones in the UK and released in 1989. The mother variety is Count Althann's gage, noted for its superb flavour.

The same breeding programme also led to another popular garden plum variety called Avalon.



Excalibur characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-August
    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):1 week
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Culinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:2
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
  • Climate

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

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour:Red