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Reine Claude Doree

  • Picking season: Late
  • Country of origin: France
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
Prunus domestica

Reine Claude Doree 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

History

The green and yellow-skinned gages are effectively a sub-species of European plums, named after Sir William Gage who imported a batch of these trees from France to England in the 18th century. In France they are known as Reine Claude plums, and there are numerous varieties, all closely related.

The origins of Reine Claude Doree are confused but it appears to be one of the oldest forms of French Green Gage, and possibly the ancestor of all modern green gages. It almost certainly pre-dates the spread of Green Gages into the English-speaking world.

It is known to have been grown in south-west France in the 18th century but is thought to be much older.

Reine Claude Doree characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping:1-3 days
    • Fruit persistence:Normal ripening
    • Useful for:Eating freshCulinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Experienced
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity:Biennial tendency
  • Problems

    • Fruit splitting:Some susceptibility
    • Disease resistance:Average
  • Climate

    • Climate type:Temperate climatesWarm climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Frost resistance of blossom:Good resistance
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:France
    • Period of origin:1750 - 1799
    • Flower colour:White
    • Fruit colour:Green