Reine Claude de Bavay plum trees

Reine Claude de Bavay plum tree

If you've ever bought green gages from a supermarket in the UK or western Europe, they are almost certainly Reine Claude de Bavay. Don't worry if you were disappointed with the flavour - you can solve that problem by growing your own!

Whilst a purist might prefer Old Green Gage, Reine Claude de Bavay also has the distinctive gage flavour, but is easier to grow. Cropping is more reliable, but as with all gages, not heavy.

The fruit is medium-sized, and green/yellow when ripe. Rated by Victorian author Hogg as "a first rate dessert plum of exquisite flavour".

Reine Claude de Bavay 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 £19.45 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 Reine Claude de Bavay

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Weak growing?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: Belgium
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • UK Zone 2 - Northern UK: Yes
    requires south-facing situation to develop full flavour
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Reine Claude de Bavay

Reine Claude de Bavay is in flowering group 3. Reine Claude de Bavay 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 Reine Claude de Bavay plum trees

Although easier to grow than many gages, Reine Claude de Bavay still benefits from a sheltered south-facing position if possible.

Historical details

Part of the Reine Claude group of plums, known in France since the Middle Ages. Reine Claude de Bavay is thought to originate from Belgium in the 19th century, and was possibly raised by Major Esperen of Mechelen in northern Belgium, who was also responsible for the well-known pear variety Josephine de Malines.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Reine Claude de Bavay'


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