Countess mirabelle trees

Countess is a new dual-purpose cherry-plum. The fruits are large by cherry-plum standards, in fact similar to a good size plum. They have a rich and very sweet flavour - and a better eating quality than most mirabelles and cherry plums.

Like other cherry plums and mirabelles, Countess is also good for cooking and preserving.

This is a semi-freestone fruit - the flesh sticks to the stone but is easily removed.

The fruits ripen in early July in southern England.

Countess mirabelle trees for sale

Deliveries start week commencing 9th September 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £33.95

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.

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.

Summary features of Countess

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 1?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Flowering season: Early

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: Ukraine
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
  • Blossom colour: White

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Countess

Countess is in flowering group 1. Countess is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Countess mirabelle trees

Countess usually flowers profusely, and as a result is partially self-fertile. Its flowering season is very early, usually February in the south of England. As a result it is a good pollinator for early-flowering cherry-plums, and related plum species such as pluots and Japanese plums.

The fruits tend to ripen quite quickly, turning from orange to deep crimson within a few days. Pick them as soon as this starts to happen if you want to cook with them, or leave them for a few more days if you want to eat them fresh. It is difficult to judge the ripeness by touch alone as they remain quite firm even when fully ripe.

Historical details

Countess was developed in the Ukraine. Some authorities classify this variety with the true mirabelles (Prunus insititia) but it is actually a hybrid variety and its flowering and ripening periods make it closer to the cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera).

Botanical name

Prunus cerasifera 'Countess'


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