Cambridge Gage plum trees

Cambridge Gage plum tree
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
RHS AGM for Cambridge Gage

Cambridge Gage is a classic English green gage, with a high quality gage-like flavour. It is a close substitute for the traditional Old Green Gage, but slightly more vigorous and easier to grow.

Cambridge Gage ripens towards the end of August, and is equally good as a fresh dessert plum or for culinary purposes.

Order now for delivery from September 2015

Cambridge Gage plum trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2015 - April 2016)

Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - VVA-1 rootstock £29.45
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot-net - St.Julien rootstock £29.45

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2015 - March 2016)

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Pixy rootstock £18.95
Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock less than 5 in stock £18.45
Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock £26.45
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £18.45
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £27.95

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown  (Deliveries Sept 2015 - April 2016)

Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) Fan-trained 4-arm -12l pot - VVA-1 rootstock £54.95 Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Cambridge Gage

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
    1998
  • Popularity: Under-rated?

Climate

Pollination guide for Cambridge Gage

Cambridge Gage is in flowering group 3. Cambridge Gage is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other plum trees.

How to grow Cambridge Gage plum trees

Cambridge Gage is very similar to Old Green Gage in most respects but is generally found to be a more reliable cropper with consistent crops from year to year.

As with most green gages it prefers a dry climate and does best when planted in a sunny aspect.

Cambridge Gage is partially self-fertile (unlike Old Green Gage) but it helps if there is another pollinator nearby - the popular Victoria plum tree is a good choice.

Historical details

Cambridge Gage is thought to be a seedling of Old Green Gage, and was grown commercially in the Cambridge area by the jam manufacturers Chivers in the early 20th century. It was probably discovered at the end of the 19th century.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Cambridge Gage'


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