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Willingham

  • Picking season: Late
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Willingham is a traditional English Green Gage, and considered by enthusiasts as the finest of all plums that can be grown in the UK.

It has the classic sweet melon-like flavour which marks out the green gages as distinct from regular plums (although nowadays plums and gages are categorised as the same species - Prunus domestica).

It is almost certainly a seedling of Old Green Gage, and therefore a sibling of Cambridge Gage - in fact they are hard to tell apart, but all possess first-rate flavours.

Prunus domestica

Willingham 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

Willingham is a traditional English Green Gage, and considered by enthusiasts as the finest of all plums that can be grown in the UK.

It has the classic sweet melon-like flavour which marks out the green gages as distinct from regular plums (although nowadays plums and gages are categorised as the same species - Prunus domestica).

It is almost certainly a seedling of Old Green Gage, and therefore a sibling of Cambridge Gage - in fact they are hard to tell apart, but all possess first-rate flavours.

History

Willingham is partially self-fertile, like Cambridge Gage and Old Green Gage, and in a good spring can set a full crop. However as with all gages a pollination partner (of a different variety) is useful to improve cropping.

Willingham characteristics

  • Using

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

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Climate

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

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1800 - 1849
    • Flower colour:White
    • Fruit colour:Green - light
    • Fruit size:Average