Seneca plum trees

Although relatively unknown in the UK, Seneca is one of the best plum varieties for eating fresh, with a pronounced sweet plum flavour. The fruit size is very large by the standards of European plums.

Seneca is a useful choice if you are looking for a late-season dessert plum, it ripens in early September.

The stone falls cleanly away from the flesh (freestone).

Seneca plum trees for sale

Order now for delivery from week commencing 23rd January.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £28.45 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.

Summary features of Seneca

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Blossom wilt / Brown rot: Some resistance?
  • Fruit splitting: Some susceptibility?

Uses

Identification

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

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Seneca

Seneca is in flowering group 3. Seneca 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 Seneca plum trees

Seneca bruises very easily and is therefore not suitable as a commercial variety - but perfect for the home orchard.

The fruit ripens from the start of September in the southern UK. A useful feature of Seneca is that not all the plums ripen at once and picking can take place over a period of about 2 weeks, meaning you don't have to deal with a sudden glut.

The tree is vigorous and fairly productive.

Historical details

Seneca is a European plum (Prunus domestica) and is a cross between the Italian Prune and Prinlew. It was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, USA. The first tree was raised in 1937, and test plantings began in 1949. It was eventually named in 1972, having been known as NY981 since the 1950s. The name reflects the Seneca people who are native of this part of North America.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Seneca'


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