Avalon plum trees

Avalon plum tree
  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Development of new plum varieties has lagged behind that of apples and cherries, but Avalon is an excellent example of how plum breeders are starting to improve on the traditional English Victoria plum. The flavour for eating fresh is far superior to Victoria, and although cropping is not quite as heavy as Victoria it is still a respectable cropper.

The flesh is firm and sweet with some tanginess. The stone separates fairly cleanly from the flesh.

Avalon is also an excellent culinary plum - Avalon plum jam has a deep blue/purple hue with a strong sweet flavour. The plums can be picked slightly underripe for use in puddings, when they are a pale red colour, or wait until they are darker red and fully ripe for eating fresh.

Avalon plum trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 1st May.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - VVA-1 rootstock £32.45 Sold outalert me

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Wavit rootstock £19.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £18.95 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.

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 Avalon

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Purple
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Avalon

Avalon is in flowering group 2. Avalon is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Avalon plum trees

Avalon produces a strong-growing tree, generally healthy and not requiring much attention. It is partially self-fertile but benefits from another compatible plum tree nearby.

Avalon flowers quite early, so make sure you are not planting in an area prone to late frosts.

Disease-resistance appears to be generally good.

Historical details

Avalon was developed by R. Jones at East Malling Research, in Kent, and released in 1989. It is a seedling of Reeves, an old and well-regarded English plum variety. The same breeding programme also led to another useful plum variety called Excalibur which was released at the same time.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Avalon'


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