Ruby® Mirabelle trees

Ruby mirabelle tree
  • Pick: Late-season (early August)
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Ruby produces perhaps the largest fruit of any Cherry Plum. The flesh is dark red and has a peach-like flavour, and can be eaten fresh although like all mirabelles and cherry plums it is mainly used for cooking.

The fruits ripen towards the end of July in southern England. They are clingstone - the flesh sticks to the stone. However the very large size of the fruits means this is not really an issue for use in the kitchen.

Ruby grows with a very upright (almost columnar) habit and is therefore a good choice if space is limited.

Hybrids between various plum species are quite common, and the large fruit size and red-flesh suggests that Ruby may have some relation to the popular Japanese plums.

Ruby® is a protected variety.

Ruby mirabelle trees for sale

Delivery from week commmencing 6th January (when showing as in stock)

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

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

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £19.95Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £19.95Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £27.95

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 Ruby

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 1?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: Ukraine
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

Pollination guide for Ruby

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

How to grow Ruby mirabelle trees

As well as the pollination partners mentioned above, Ruby will also cross-pollinate with most early-flowering Plum and Damson varieties.

The large fruit size and heavy cropping can cause the branches to break under the load, so we recommend thinning the crop or making sure the branches are supported.

Ruby® is a protected variety.

Botanical name

Prunus cerasifera 'Ruby'


UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.

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