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Marjorie's Seedling

  • Marjorie's Seedling
  • Marjorie's Seedling
  • Picking season: Late
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Marjorie Seedling is widely available in UK supermarkets and is the main late-season commercial European plum. It is excellent for culinary purposes, and very good for eating fresh when fully ripe.

It is attractive to commercial growers because it is vigorous, hardy, disease resistant, and a reliable and heavy cropper. These qualities mean it is also ideal for the garden or small orchard - and by growing your own you can also get a far better flavor than is possible for the commercial grower - the trick is to leave the plums on the tree longer. And if you like fresh plums, there are not many other ones around this late in the season.

The fruit is large, plum-shaped, and purple, becoming blue-black when fully ripe, with a heavy bloom - overall very attractive. The flesh is greenish-yellow, juicy, quite coarse, and noticeably veined. The stone is clinging.

For eating fresh make sure you leave the fruit on the tree as long as possible to get the best flavor - very pleasant straight from the tree on a cold autumn morning!

Prunus domestica

Marjorie's Seedling plum trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 25.00
    VVA-1 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 25.00
    Wavit rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • 31-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock


How to grow

Marjorie's Seedling flowers relatively late in the spring, so is a good choice for areas where frost is a problem, or for an east-facing situation. It is vigorous, hardy, highly disease resistant, easy to grow, and relatively untroubled by disease.



History

Berkshire, UK. 1912.



Marjorie's Seedling characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-September
    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):1 week
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Culinary, Dual purpose (eat + cook)
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Silverleaf:Very resistant
    • Disease resistance:Good
    • Canker:Very resistant
  • Climate

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

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour:Purple
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit