Early season plum trees


Gardening skill

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Suitable for beginners3
Average2
Some needed

Fruit tree categories

Apple trees10
Apricot trees3
Cherry trees5
Cider apple trees1
Crab apple trees3
Damson trees1
Mirabelle trees1
Mulberry trees2
Peach trees2
Pear trees3
Perry pear trees1
Plum trees5
Saskatoon bushes2
Walnut trees1

Stock availabilitytop


Tree form


1-year4
2-year bush-trained4
Half standard5
Fan-trained1

Supplied as


Bare-root5
Pot-grown4

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)4
Large (semi-vigorous)5
Full-size (standard)1

Rootstock


Brompton1
St.Julien5
VVA-14
Wavit3

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early5
Mid11
Late12
Very late1

Keeping

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Does not keep
1-3 days4
1 week1
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh5
Good for cooking3
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred2
Tolerates partial shade2
Tolerates north-facing shade1

Flowering group

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1
22
33
4
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile4
Partially self-fertile
Not self-fertile1

Ploidy

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Diploid5

Pollinating others

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Good
Average5
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing
Slightly small
Average growth4
Slightly large1
Large
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy4
Good
Light1

Fruit bearing

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

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening4
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period1
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular5
Biennial tendency

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance1
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates5
Mild / damp climates2
Warm climates

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good2
Average2
Poor

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture3

Canker

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Very resistant
Some resistance1
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

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 resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Sweden 3
United Kingdom2

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 1799
1800 - 18491
1850 - 18991
1900 - 19491
1950 - 19992
2000

Fruit colour


Blue - dark2
Purple1
Red2

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    Pick: Early-season
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    Herman

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    Flowering: 2self-fertile
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    Meritare

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    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Early-season
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    Opal is an early plum variety with a good flavour, self-fertile and very easy to grow.  compare
    From £19.95 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
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    Rivers' Early Prolific

    Early Prolific is a very heavy-cropping early-season plum, raised by the famous Rivers nursery.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking