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Plum trees

One of the easiest fruits to grow, we love plum trees and can advise on all aspects of choosing and planting them.

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Avalon plum tree
Mid-season  (2)  
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Avalon is a large mid-season red/purple plum, similar to Victoria, with a very good flavour. compare
Belle de Louvain plum tree
Mid-season  (3)  SF  
Cook  |  In stock

Belle de Louvain is a large purple culinary plum, useful because it can be grown on north-facing walls. compare
Blue Tit plum tree
Mid-season  (4)  SF  
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Blue Tit is a popular English dual-purpose plum, easy to grow, reliable cropping. compare
Cambridge Gage plum tree
Late-season  (3)  
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Cambridge Gage is a reliable green gage, similar to Old Green Gage, with an excellent flavour. compare
Coe's Golden Drop plum tree
Very late-season  (2)  
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Coe's Golden Drop is a large oval gage from the 18th century, noted for its excellent flavour. compare
Czar plum tree
Early-season  (3)  SF  
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Czar is a traditional culinary plum, one of the easiest plums trees, will even fruit on north-facing walls. compare
Denniston's Superb plum tree
Mid-season  (2)  SF  
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Denniston's Superb is a gage-like green plum, raised in New York in the 19th century. compare
Early Transparent Gage plum tree
Mid-season  (3)  SF  
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One of the easier gages to grow, Early Transparent has attractive semi-translucent fruit. compare
Edda plum tree
Early-season  (2)  
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A good quality and cold-hardy early-season purple plum from Norway. compare
Excalibur plum tree
Mid-season  (2)  
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Excalibur is a red-purple plum, similar to Victoria but with a better flavour for eating fresh. compare
Guinevere plum tree
Late-season  (3)  SF  
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Guinevere is a modern late-season dessert plum, with a good flavour. compare
Haganta plum tree
Late-season  (3)  
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Haganta is a new large blue plum from Germany, one of the latest-ripening and an excellent flavour. compare
Hauszwetsche German Prune plum tree
Late-season  (4)  SF  
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Hauszwetsche is a damson-like Quetsche or Zwetsche plum, ideal for German-style cakes and desserts. compare
Herman plum tree
Early-season  (2)  SF  
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Herman is one of the best quality early-season plum varieties, blue/purple with yellow flesh. compare
Jefferson plum tree
Late-season  (2)  
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Jefferson is a a large yellow gage / plum, easy to grow, crops well, very juicy and great flavour. compare
Jubilee plum tree
Mid-season  (3)  SF  
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Jubilee is a new heavy-cropping dessert plum variety, similar to Victoria but larger and more reliable. compare
Kirke's Blue plum tree
Mid-season  (3)  
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An old-fashioned blue plum with a rich sweet flavour. compare
Marjorie's Seedling plum tree
Late-season  (3)  SF  
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Marjorie's Seedling is an easy to grow, late-season, heavy cropping purple/black plum. compare

Early-season  (3)  
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An attractive new early-season dessert plum from Sweden, with large fruits and good cold-hardiness. compare
Old Green Gage plum tree
Late-season  (3)  
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The definitive gage - Old Green Gage is arguably the best-flavoured of any plum variety. compare
Opal plum tree
Early-season  (3)  SF  
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Opal is an early plum variety with a good flavour, self-fertile and very easy to grow. compare
Oullins Golden Gage plum tree
Mid-season  (4)  SF  
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The flavour of a true gage yet also easy to grow, Oullins Golden Gage is a good first gage tree. compare
Purple Pershore plum tree
Mid-season  (4)  SF  
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Very similar to Yellow Pershore and with the same excellent culinary qualities. compare
Reine Claude de Bavay plum tree
Late-season  (3)  SF  
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The most widely-grown green gage, Reine Claude de Bavay has the distinctive gage-like flavour. compare
Reine Claude Doree plum tree
Late-season  (3)  
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A high-quality yellow-green gage, and usually more productive than other green gages. compare
Rivers' Early Prolific plum tree
Early-season  (2)  SF  
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Early Prolific is a very heavy-cropping early-season plum, raised by the famous Rivers nursery. compare
Seneca plum tree
Late-season  (3)  
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Seneca is a high-quality late-season large American plum with a notably sweet flavour. compare
Stella's Star plum tree
Mid-season  (3)  SF  
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A modern green-gage, more productive and easier to grow in the UK than the traditional ones. compare
Thames Cross plum tree
Mid-season  (3)  
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An attractive yellow mid-season plum with a good flavour. compare
Valor plum tree
Very late-season  (3)  
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Valor is a large dual-purpose purple plum from Canada, ripening late in the season. compare
Victoria plum tree
Mid-season  (3)  SF  
Cook  |  In stock

Victoria is the definitive English plum, attractive fruit, good for eating, outstanding flavour for cooking. compare
Warwickshire Drooper plum tree
Late-season  (2)  SF  
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Warwickshire Drooper is a good quality dual-purpose yellow plum, with heavy crops. compare

Late-season  (3)  
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A traditional English green gage, with a reputation for excellent flavour. compare
Yellow Pershore plum tree
Mid-season  (4)  SF  
Cook  |  In stock

Also known as Yellow Egg, Yellow Pershore is a self-fertile heavy cropping culinary plum. compare



More about Plum trees

If you are new to growing fruit trees, plum trees make an excellent choice. Plum trees are easy to grow - usually easier than apples and pears - and require very little training or pruning. The only horticultural challenge is that plums flower quite early in spring, so locations that are prone to frosts are best avoided (or choose a late-flowering or frost-resistant variety). They thrive in most conditions, but they prefer water-retentive soils, and mulching is therefore particularly important for plum trees - farmyard manure is ideal.

Unlike most apples and pears, many plum varietes are self-fertile or partially self-fertile and do not need a pollination partner. For plum varieties that are not self-fertile, another plum tree of a different variety flowering at the same time is usually all that is necessary to ensure good pollination and heavy crops - there are few of the pollination incompatibilities found with apples, pears and cherries.

Plums are also more nutrient-rich than apples or pears, and comparable to some other "superfoods" such as blueberries. Although plum trees do suffer from a range of diseases, they seem to catch them less often than other fruit varieties. Most important of all, the flavour of ripe home-grown plums is vastly superior to shop-bought fruit. Indeed in our opinion freshly-picked dessert plums can offer the most exquisite sweet flavours of any fruit available from the temperate garden.

We offer mostly 'European' plum trees - from the species Prunus domestica. European plums have a much better and more interesting range of flavours than the 'Japanese' plums usually found in supermarkets. Most garden plum trees in Northern Europe are of this species, and they are well suited to temperate climates, being hardier than the Japanese varieties and flowering later. Whilst European plums do not store particularly well, the fruit usually ripens over a 1-2 week period, during which time the tree can be picked daily to ensure a steady supply of fruit.

There is also a sub-group of European plums known as Gages, usually ranked within the species Prunus domestica, but sometimes sub-categorised as the "Reine Claude" group. Gage trees look similar to plum trees but the fruits are smaller and rounder than European plums, and either green or golden/yellow in colour. Gage trees prefer slightly warmer growing conditions than other European plums to bring out their full flavour, and their natural home is France - but they can be grown in any temperate climate. Gages are renowned for their unique distinctive rich-sweet flavour, .