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Blue Tit plum trees

Blue Tit plum tree
  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Blue Tit

Blue Tit is a popular English garden dual-purpose plum. It is perhaps easiest to think of it is as a more refined version of Czar, one of its parents. It inherits that variety's reliability, self-fertility and good cropping, as well as its excellent culinary properties.

However its other parent is Green Gage, arguably the best flavoured of all plums, and some of that gage-like flavour is apparent in Blue Tit when fully ripe.

Blue Tit plum trees for sale

Order now for delivery from week commencing 27th March.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

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 Blue Tit

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Weak growing?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Blue - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • UK Zone 2 - Northern UK: Yes
  • UK Zone 3 - Southern UK: Yes
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for Blue Tit

Blue Tit is in flowering group 4. Blue Tit is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Blue Tit plum trees

Whilst its Czar parentage may suggest it can be grown in almost any situation, it is worth remembering that its other parent is the more temperamental Green Gage, and to get the best out of Blue Tit it helps to provide a more sheltered sunny situation if you can - although Blue Tit is in most respects very reliable and easy to grow.

Historical details

Blue Tit was developed by the Laxton Brothers nursery in Bedford in the 1930s. is a cross between Czar and Green Gage.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Blue Tit'


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