Willingham plum trees

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

Willingham is a traditional English Green Gage, and considered by enthusiasts as the finest of all plums that can be grown in the UK.

It has the classic sweet melon-like flavour which marks out the green gages as distinct from regular plums (although nowadays plums and gages are categorised as the same species - Prunus domestica).

It is almost certainly a seedling of Old Green Gage, and therefore a sibling of Cambridge Gage - in fact they are hard to tell apart, but all possess first-rate flavours.

Willingham plum trees for sale

Deliveries start in September 2020

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - VVA-1 rootstock £33.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £33.95

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock £19.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £19.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)Half-standard - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £31.50

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 Willingham


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



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Willingham

Willingham is in flowering group 3. Willingham 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 Willingham plum trees

Willingham is partially self-fertile, like Cambridge Gage and Old Green Gage, and in a good spring can set a full crop. However as with all gages a pollination partner (of a different variety) is useful to improve cropping.

Historical details

Discovered in Willingham, a village in Cambridgeshire, in the 19th century. It is almost certainly a seedling of Old Green Gage. Interestingly it has only come to prominence relatively recently, and was seemingly little known in the region where it arose.

Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Willingham'

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

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