Reine Claude Violette plum trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 

Reine Claude Violette is a traditional French plum, with the characteristic sweet sugary flavour of a gage-plum which is so sought-after by plum enthusiasts.

English fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg, writing in the 1880s rates it as "A dessert plum of the greatest excellence, and particularly richly flavoured if allowed to hang on until it shrivels". It is sometimes known as Purple Gage in the UK - whereas most gages are green or yellow, this one has a dusky purple colour when fully ripe.

This variety is a late-season plum, ripening in the UK in late August - early September.

Reine Claude Violette plum trees for sale

Delivery from week commmencing 6th April (when showing as in stock)

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £19.95Sold 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 Violette


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?



  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colour: Purple - light
  • Blossom colour: White


  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters

Pollination guide for Reine Claude Violette

Reine Claude Violette is in flowering group 3. Reine Claude Violette is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will 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.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Reine Claude Violette plum trees

Reine Claude Violette is fairly easy to grow. It does best in warm dry climates, but is a bit less prone to fruit-splitting in spells of wet weather than some other plums and gages.

Although not well-known in the UK, this variety is still widely grown in France

Historical details

Reine Claude Violette is part of the Reine Claude group of plums, known in the UK as gages. These plums have a characteristic sweet almost melon-like flavour and are usually smaller than regular English plums.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Reine Claude Violette'

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

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