Excalibur plum trees

  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-August)
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Pollination partners

With the resurgence in interest in plums, growers have increasingly tried to improve on the popular English Victoria plum, and Excalibur is one of the best examples of the new generation of English plums. The fruit is larger than Victoria, and arguably has a better flavour for eating fresh.

Part of the reason for Excalibur's good flavour is it ancestry - it was developed from Count Althann's gage, a plum noted for its excellent flavour.

Excalibur plum trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of Excalibur


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Plum pox virus: Some susceptibility?



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


Pollination guide for Excalibur

Excalibur is in flowering group 2. Excalibur is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Excalibur plum trees

Unlike Victoria, Excalibur is not self-fertile - it needs a pollination partner, but Victoria is compatible. Cropping is lighter than Victoria (which is no bad thing) but still productive, and Excalibur is also somewhat less prone to disease.

Historical details

Excalibur was developed by R. Jones in the UK and released in 1989. The mother variety is Count Althann's gage, noted for its superb flavour.

The same breeding programme also led to another popular garden plum variety called Avalon.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Excalibur'

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