Plums

Plums are the most popular stone fruit and they are the easiest to grow.

Plums come in all shapes and sizes. They have a smooth textured flesh which depending on variety varies in colour from red to purple and green to yellow. There are dessert and culinary varieties. Dessert varieties can be eaten straight from the tree, these are sweet and succulent, the culinary varieties are firmer and less sweet.

Plums are early flowering so they require protection from frost. The best flavoured plums are the ones grown on a south or west facing position. Grow in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to slightly acidic soils.


Rootstocks

Rootstocks in order of their vigour are outlined below: -

Pixy - Dwarf. An ideal rootstock for the smaller garden. It needs to be grown in fertile and weed-free soil. It will reach a height of 2.4-3m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 3 years. Use for dwarf bushes, dwarf pyramids, and small fans.

St. Julian A - Semi-Vigorous. A good rootstock for most soils. Trees grown on this rootstock will reach a height of 3-3.5m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 4-5 years. Use for bushes, half-standards, and fans.


Varieties

Plums are available as bare-root one-year-maidens from November to March. Trained forms of plums are available in 12 litre pots all-year-round.


Plum 'Avalon'

Dessert. Large round-oval fruit which has golden skin which is mostly covered with a red flush and deeper red dots and russet dots. The yellow flesh is moderately juicy, fairly sweet and of good flavour. Good quality dessert plum. Its season of use is mid-August. Flowering Group 2 (Bristol 1980)


Plum 'Belle de Louvain'

Dessert/Cooker. Very large oval fruit which has dull purplish-red skin when ripe and is covered with a thick, blue bloom. The greenish yellow flesh is moderately juicy, has a firm texture and is sweet. Its season of use is mid-August. Flowering Group 3 (Belgium 1845) Self Fertile.

Containerised Trees

Three Year 1/2 Standard SJA £40.75 each


Plum 'Blaisdon Red'

Dessert/Cooker. Medium sized oval fruit which has claret red skin. The greenish flesh is hard and very acid. Its season of use is early August. Flowering Group 3 (Gloucestershire) Self Fertile


Plum 'Blue Tit'

Dessert/Cooker. Medium sized round-opal fruits which have dark blue skin which is covered with a thick, light blue bloom. The yellow flesh is moderately juicy and of good flavour and quality. Its season of use is mid-August. Flowering Group 2 (Bedford 1938) Self Fertile


Plum 'Czar'

Dessert/Cooker. Medium sized round-oval fruit which has dark red to blue skin with a light blue bloom. The yellowish-green flesh is tender with a pleasant acid flavour. Its season of use is early August. Flowering Group 3 (Hertfordshire 1871) Self Fertile.

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush (Pixy) £40.75 each


Plum 'Edda'

Dessert. Blue skin. The yellow flesh has a fine rich flavour. Its season of use is late August. Flowering Group 2 (Norway 1950)


Plum 'Excalibur'

Dessert. Very large fruit which has pale yellow skin which is mostly covered with a red-orange flush and dots if exposed to the sun with a light, pale blue bloom. The pale yellow flesh is moderately juicy and sweet with an excellent texture and flavour. Its season of use is August. Flowering Group 2 (Bristol 1980)


Plum 'Giant Prune'

Dessert. Very large oval fruits which have vermilion-red skin with is covered with fine purple bloom. The green flesh is coarse, not the best dessert quality but reliable in exposed areas and cooks well. Its season of use is early September. Flowering Group 3 (USA 1893) Self Fertile


Plum 'Gordon Castle'

Dessert. Large fruit which has greenish yellow skin. The flesh is rather firm, sweet, with an excellent flavour. Its season of use is early September. Flowering Group 3 (Scotland) Self Fertile


Plum 'Guinevere'

Dessert. Large heavy cropping fruits. Good shelf life when stored in a fridge. Its season of use is late September. Flowering Group 3 (Kent 2000) Self Fertile


Plum 'Haganta'

Dessert. Large fruit which has blue skin. The flesh is strongly scented with an excellent flavour. Disease resistant. Keeps well. Its season of use is September. Flowering Group 3 (Germany)


Plum 'Herman'

Dessert. Medium sized fruits which have reddish blue turning to blue-black skin which are covered by thick, pale blue bloom. The golden flesh has an improved flavour of Czar. Its season of use is mid-July. Flowering Group 2 (Sweden 1970) Self Fertile


Plum 'Heron'

Dessert. Medium to large sized round fruits which have mottled blue skin with patches of purple and some red lines. The flesh is is firm and juicy. Its season of use is mid-August. Flowering Group 2 (Raised by Rivers 1875)


Plum 'Jubilee'

Plum 'Jubilee'

Dessert. Similar to Victoria but larger and picks one week earlier. Superb eating quality. Its season of use is mid-August. Flowering Group 3 (Sweden 1985) Self Fertile


Plum 'Kirke's'

Dessert. Large round fruits which have dark purple skin which is covered in blue bloom. The greenish yellow flesh is firm, juicy, and very richly flavoured. Its season of use is early September. Flowering Group 3. (London 19th Century)


Plum 'Laxton's Cropper'

Dessert/Cooker. Medium sized oval fruits which dark blue, black when fully ripe skin which is covered by thick, light blue bloom. The greenish yellow flesh is moderately juicy and of good flavour. Its season of use is early September. Flowering Group 3 (Bedford 1906) Self Fertile


Plum 'Mallard'

Dessert. Medium sized, oval to oblong shaped fruits which have red skin and are covered in bloom. Good quality flesh. Its season of use is mid-August. Flowering Group 2. (Sawbridgeworth 1885)


Plum 'Marjories Seedling'

Dessert/Cooker. The latest picking plum. Large oval fruits which has purple skin which is covered with blue bloom. The yellow flesh is firm, juicy, and moderately sweet. Its season of use is late September. Good cropper. (Berkshire 1912) Flowering Group 5. Self Fertile.


Plum 'Methley'

Plum 'Methley'

Dessert. This variety is one of the finest Japanese plums. Medium sized, rounded fruit with a red skin. The red flesh is juicy and sweet with a mild flavour. Its season of use is early August. Flowering Group 1. Self Fertile

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush (SJA) £38.50 each


Plum 'Opal'

Plum 'Opal'

Dessert. Medium sized fruit which has orange-red to mauve skin which is covered in pale bloom with russet dots and some small russet patches. The golden yellow flesh has a superb flavour. One of the most reliable garden plums. Its season of use is late July. (Sweden 1925) Flowering Group 3. Self Fertile


Plum 'Purple Pershore'

Dessert/Cooker. Very large oval fruits which have purple, almost black skin, with light coloured bloom. The yellow flesh is firm, not very juicy or sweet but good flavour for cooking and preserving. Its season of use is late August. Flowering Group 3 (Worcestershire) Self Fertile


Plum 'Queens Crown'

Dessert/Cooker. Very large roundish oval fruits which have dark red skin with numerous small yellow dots and a light blue bloom. The golden yellow flesh is firm, sweet and full of flavour. Its season of use is late August. Flowering Group 3


Plum 'River's Early Prolific'

Dessert. Small round fruits which have purple skin which is covered in lavender bloom. The golden yellow flesh is rather firm. juicy, sweet and of good flavour. Its season of use is late July. Flowering Group 2 (Herfordshire 1820) Self Fertile


Plum 'Sanctus Hubertus'

Dessert. Large oval fruits which have dark red skin with thick, blue bloom and some small brown russet patches and dots. The yellow flesh has a good flavour and is quite rich. One of the best croppers. Its season of use is late July. Flowering Group 3 (Belgium 1966) Self Fertile


Plum 'Seneca'

Dessert. Large oval fruits which have reddish purple skin. The yellow flesh is very sweet. Its season of use is early September. Flowering Group 3 (USA 1937)


Plum 'Thames Cross'

Dessert/Cooker. Very large long and oval shaped fruits which have yellow skin. The flesh is sweet, juicy, with a good flavour. Its season of use is early September. Flowering Group 3. (Bristol 1938)


Plum 'Valor'

Dessert/Cooker. Large fruit which has dark red skin. Has greenish coloured flesh. Its season of use is mid-September. (Canada 1968) Flowering Group 3. Self Fertile


Plum 'Victoria'

Plum 'Victoria'

Dessert. Large oval fruits which has bright red skin and its covered in pale blue bloom. The pinkish flesh is firm, juicy, somewhat sweet and subacid. Disease prone but very tolerable considering the quality and quantity. Its season of use is late August. (Sussex 19th Century) Flowering Group 3. Self Fertile

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush Pixy £40.75 each

Two Year Bush SJA £38.50 each

Three Year 1/2 Standard SJA £40.75 each


Plum 'Violetta'

Dessert. Blue skin. The yellow flesh is sweetly flavoured. A compact grower bearing heavy crops. Its season of use is mid-August. Flowering Group 3. (Sweden 1990) Self Fertile


Plum 'Warwickshire Drooper'

Dessert/Cooker. Medium to large egg shaped fruits which have primrose yellow skin which is spotted and speckled with brownish-red, with grey bloom. The yellow flesh is excellent for cooking. Its season of use is mid-August. Flowering Group 2 (Worcestershire/Gloucestershire pre 1920's) Self Fertile


Plum 'Yellow Pershore'

Dessert/Cooker. A medium sized oval shaped fruit which has canary yellow skin. The yellow flesh is very firm, dry, a high quality cooking plum. Its season of use is mid-August. Flowering Group 2 (Worcestershire 19th Century) Self Fertile