Plum trees for beginners

Varieties: 11 | Clear all

Gardening skill

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Suitable for beginners11
Average21
Some needed3

Fruit tree categories

Apple trees32
Apricot trees1
Cherry trees6
Cider apple trees2
Crab apple trees7
Damson trees3
Hazel trees2
Mirabelle trees3
Pear trees5
Plum trees11
Quince trees1

Stock availabilitytop


Tree form


1-year10
2-year bush-trained10
Half standard9
Fan-trained7

Supplied as


Bare-root10
Pot-grown10

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)10
Large (semi-vigorous)10
Full-size (standard)5

Rootstock


Brompton5
St.Julien10
VVA-110
Wavit7

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early3
Mid5
Late3
Very late

Keeping

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Does not keep
1-3 days6
1 week5
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh10
Good for cooking8
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree1
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred7
Tolerates partial shade3
Tolerates north-facing shade1

Flowering group

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1
23
36
42
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile9
Partially self-fertile2
Not self-fertile

Ploidy

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Diploid11

Pollinating others

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Good3
Average8
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing2
Slightly small
Average growth3
Slightly large2
Large4
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy5
Good4
Light2

Fruit bearing

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Spur-bearer
Free-spurring
Partial tip-bearer
Tip-bearer

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening9
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period2
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular11
Biennial tendency

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance3
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates11
Mild / damp climates2
Warm climates

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good6
Average3
Poor1

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture7

Canker

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Very resistant2
Some resistance2
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible1

Scab

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Mildew

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Silverleaf

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Very resistant1
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible1

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Belgium 1
France 1
Sweden 2
United Kingdom6
United States1

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 1799
1800 - 18491
1850 - 18995
1900 - 19493
1950 - 19992
2000

Fruit colour


Blue - dark2
Green1
Green - light2
Purple3
Red2
Yellow1

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Plum trees for beginners

  • Plum trees
    Avalon Plum trees

    Avalon

    Avalon is a large mid-season red/purple plum, similar to Victoria, with a very good flavour.  compare
    From £18.95 to £32.45
    Flowering: 2partly self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Blue Tit Plum trees

    Blue Tit

    Blue Tit is a popular English dual-purpose plum, easy to grow, reliable cropping.  compare
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Cambridge Gage Plum trees

    Cambridge Gage

    Cambridge Gage is a reliable green gage, similar to Old Green Gage, with an excellent flavour.  compare
    From £18.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Czar Plum trees

    Czar

    Czar is a traditional culinary plum, one of the easiest plums trees, will even fruit on north-facing walls.  compare
    From £18.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Denniston's Superb Plum trees

    Denniston's Superb

    Denniston's Superb is a gage-like green plum, raised in New York in the 19th century.  compare
    From £18.45 to £32.45
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Herman Plum trees

    Herman

    Herman is one of the best quality early-season plum varieties, blue/purple with yellow flesh.  compare
    From £18.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Marjorie's Seedling Plum trees

    Marjorie's Seedling

    Marjorie's Seedling is an easy to grow, late-season, heavy cropping purple/black plum.  compare
    From £18.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Opal Plum trees

    Opal

    Opal is an early plum variety with a good flavour, self-fertile and very easy to grow.  compare
    From £18.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Oullins Golden Gage Plum trees

    Oullins Golden Gage

    The flavour of a true gage yet also easy to grow, Oullins Golden Gage is a good first gage tree.  compare
    From £18.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Reine Claude de Bavay Plum trees

    Reine Claude de Bavay

    The most widely-grown green gage, Reine Claude de Bavay has the distinctive gage-like flavour.  compare
    From £18.95 to £32.45
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Victoria Plum trees

    Victoria

    Victoria is the definitive English plum, attractive fruit, good for eating, outstanding flavour for cooking.  compare
    From £18.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Cooking