Thames Cross plum trees

Thames Cross plum tree
  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-September)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Thames Cross is a very large-fruited yellow plum with a good pedigree - one of its parents is the well-regarded Coe's Golden Drop. It was developed in the 1930s as a potential commercial variety, but it was found the sweet-flavoured plums bruised too easily to be transported.

Thames Cross is easy to grow, fairly disease-resistant, and makes a good choice if you are looking for a yellow plum variety for the garden. Pick the plums when just under-ripe for use in jam-making, or leave them until fully ripe for eating fresh - the attractive golden-flushed plums look very pretty in a fruit bowl.

Thames Cross 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 Thames Cross


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Canker: Some resistance?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Thames Cross

Thames Cross is in flowering group 3. Thames Cross 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.

How to grow Thames Cross plum trees

Thames Cross is easy to grow, and produces a fairly large and disease-resistant tree.

Historical details

Developed in the 1930s at the famous Long Ashton Horticultural Research Station near Bristol, England. Thames Cross is a cross between Coe's Golden Drop and Giant Prune.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Thames Cross'

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