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Reeves

Reeves is a large-fruited dual-purpose red plum, filling a similar niche to Victoria. However whilst Victoria is hard to beat for use in the kitchen, Reeves has a far better flavour for eating fresh. Indeed it is one of the best-flavoured of all plums and can even hold its own in tasting tests with most gages.

It is grown commercially on a small scale in England, Scandanavia, and eastern Europe, and is generally well-regarded by growers and apparently not affected by plum pox virus. The plums keep fresh much longer after picking than most other varieties.

Prunus domestica

Reeves dual-purpose plums for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 34.00
    Wavit rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Reeves is not as heavy-cropping as some plums. This is actually a good thing, as with plums lighter crops are often associated with better flavour.

History

Reeves was found by Mr A. Reeves of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, in the 1940s. Chilliwack is near Vancouver - some distance from the main plum-growing regions of British Columbia. Its ancestry is unknown but it is possibly a seedling of Reine Claude Berger (sometimes known as Peach plum in English).

Reeves characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping1 week
  • Useful forEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Climate typeTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourRed - dark
  • Fruit sizeLarge
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit