Meritare plum trees

Meritare is an attractive new early-season plum from Sweden.

Meritare is quite similar to Victoria in appearance and flavour, and probably better for eating fresh, and the fruit-size is much larger.

This is a good choice if you are looking for an early-season plum to grow in colder climates.

Meritare 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 Meritare




  • Country of origin: Sweden
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated?


  • Temperate climates
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Meritare

Meritare is in flowering group 3. Meritare is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another 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 Meritare plum trees

Meritare is considered too light-cropping by many commercial growers, but for the gardener this is a good thing - lighter crops often mean better flavour, and larger fruit size.

Although it can in some ways be considered an early Victoria-style plum, it is closely related to the well-known Swedish Opal plum. It inherits that variety's early ripening and robust health and cold-hardiness.

Historical details

Meritare was developed in the 1980s at the Balsgaard research station in southern Sweden. It is a cross between an American dessert plum called Ontario, and the well-known Opal plum from Sweden.

(Some authorities state incorrectly that it was developed at the INRA research station in Bordeaux, France).

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Meritare'

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

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