Czar plum trees

Czar plum tree
  • Best seller
  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Czar

Czar is a large dark black/purple plum, with good astringency and ideal for culinary purposes. It can also be eaten fresh if you leave it to get fully ripe.

Rated by Hogg (writing in the 1880s) as an "excellent plum".

The blossom is unusually large for a plum.

Czar plum trees for sale

Order now for delivery in September (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

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
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £32.45
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £34.95

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock £18.45
Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock £26.45
Large  (3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Wavit rootstock £19.45
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £18.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £26.45
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £27.95
Full size  (4.5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Brompton rootstock £19.95

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Fan -12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £54.95 Enquire

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 Czar

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive tree
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Some resistance?
  • Silverleaf: Some susceptibility?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Blue - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

Pollination guide for Czar

Czar is in flowering group 3. Czar 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. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other plum trees.

How to grow Czar plum trees

Czar is an excellent choice for less than ideal conditions, including areas of heavy rainfall or low light levels. It is reliable, heavy-cropping, self-fertile, and can be grown shade or north-facing situations if necessary. The tree is compact and attractive. Czar has average disease resistance but good frost resistance.

Historical details

Czar was raised in Hertfordshire in the 1870s, UK, and is a cross between Prince Englebert and Early Rivers, and named in honour of the Emperor of Russia who was visiting England at the time. Czar has been quite widely grown in the UK as a commercial plum variety.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Czar'


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