Early season plum trees


Gardening skill

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Suitable for beginners3
Average3
Some needed

Fruit tree categories

Apple trees13
Apricot trees2
Cherry trees5
Cider apple trees2
Crab apple trees3
Damson trees2
Japanese Plums1
Mirabelle trees1
Mulberry trees2
Nectarine trees1
Peach trees1
Pear trees5
Perry pear trees1
Plum trees6
Saskatoon bushes2
Walnut trees1

Stock availabilitytop


Tree form


1-year4
2-year bush-trained4
Half standard4

Supplied as


Bare-root4
Pot-grown4

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)4
Large (semi-vigorous)4
Full-size (standard)3

Rootstock


Brompton3
St.Julien4
VVA-14
Wavit3

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early6
Mid15
Late13
Very late2

Keeping

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Does not keep
1-3 days5
1 week1
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh6
Good for cooking4
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred2
Tolerates partial shade3
Tolerates north-facing shade1

Flowering group

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1
23
33
4
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile4
Partially self-fertile
Not self-fertile2

Ploidy

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Diploid6

Pollinating others

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Good
Average6
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing
Slightly small
Average growth5
Slightly large1
Large
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy4
Good1
Light1

Fruit bearing

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

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening5
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period1
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular6
Biennial tendency

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance1
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates6
Mild / damp climates3
Warm climates

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good3
Average2
Poor

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture4

Canker

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Very resistant
Some resistance2
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


Norway1
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 - 19993
2000

Fruit colour


Blue - dark2
Purple2
Red2

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Early season plum trees

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    Czar Plum trees

    Czar  Best seller

    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 
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    Edda Plum trees

    Edda

    A good quality and cold-hardy early-season purple plum from Norway.  compare
    Flowering: 2
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
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    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 £32.45
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
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    Meritare

    An attractive new early-season dessert plum from Sweden, with large fruits and good cold-hardiness.  compare
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Opal Plum trees

    Opal  Best seller

    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 
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    Rivers' Early Prolific Plum trees

    Rivers' Early Prolific

    Early Prolific is a very heavy-cropping early-season plum, raised by the famous Rivers nursery.  compare
    From £18.45 to £32.45
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking