Early Transparent Gage plum trees

  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Pollination partners

Early Transparent Gage is a traditional English gage, but somewhat different from the more common green or yellow gages. It gets its name from the translucent skin and flesh - if you hold a ripe fruit up to the light you can often make out the stone inside.

Early Transparent Gage makes a good choice if you want to grow a gage which is not as fussy as the Old Green Gage. Cropping is good by gage standards (although still light compared with many plums) and it is reasonably reliable.

It has the rich sweet gage-like flavour and aroma of a genuine gage, but it is also a good culinary variety producing a well-flavoured straw-coloured jam.

Early Transparent Gage 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

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock £18.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £18.45
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 £27.45

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 Early Transparent Gage

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Blossom wilt / Brown rot: Some susceptibility?
  • Fruit splitting: Some susceptibility?

Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

Pollination guide for Early Transparent Gage

Early Transparent Gage is in flowering group 3. Early Transparent Gage 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 Early Transparent Gage plum trees

By gage standards, Early Transparent Gage is quite easy to grow and the tree is a bit more vigourous than most gages. It can be grown in the north of the UK but benefits from a south-facing situation.

Historical details

Early Transparent Gage was raised by the famous Rivers Nursery in Hertfordshire in the 1860s, from an open-pollinated Transparent Gage (Reine Claude Diaphane). It is one of the "diaphanous" gages, on account of its translucent skin and flesh.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Early Transparent Gage'


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