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Hauszwetsche German Prune

Hauszwetsche German Prune
  • Picking season: Late
  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Haus-zwetsche is a dark-blue damson-like plum or prune. It is a typical example of the Zwetsche or Quetsche plums which have been grown in central Europe for centuries

Although it can be eaten fresh, traditionally its main use is in the kitchen. The yellow flesh has a spicy flavour, and is notable for its high sugar content (it is sometimes known as Sweet Prune for this reason).

The flesh is also drier than many English culinary plums, which means it does not dilute the surrounding pastry or cake mix with excess liquid.

In short, this is the ideal variety for making German plum cakes, plum dumplings, and other traditional desserts from central Europe - and a good present for anyone interested in cookery.

Prunus domestica

Hauszwetsche German Prune plum trees for sale

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


How to grow

Haus-zwetsche is easy to grow and should be a reliable cropper once it gets established.



History

Hauszwetsch is the name for a population of small damson-like plums which are found throughout central Europe. They are known in the UK under various names, including German Prune or Sweet Prune or Quetsche Plum.



Hauszwetsche German Prune characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):early September
    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):1 week
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Culinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:4
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Slightly large
    • Precocity:Slow to start bearing
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
  • Climate

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

    • Country of origin:Germany
    • Period of origin:1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colour:Blue - dark