Plums for cooking with


Gardening skill

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Suitable for beginners10
Average16
Some needed3

Fruit tree categories

Almond trees1
Apple trees83
Apricot trees10
Asian pear trees2
Cherry trees19
Cider apple trees9
Crab apple trees26
Damson trees7
Fig trees4
Hazel trees6
Japanese Plums1
Medlar trees3
Mirabelle trees6
Mulberry trees4
Nectarine trees3
Peach trees7
Pear trees21
Perry pear trees2
Plum trees29
Quince trees6
Saskatoon bushes3
Walnut trees5

Stock availabilitytop


Tree form


1-year23
2-year bush-trained24
Half standard21
Fan-trained4

Supplied as


Bare-root27
Pot-grown22

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)19
Large (semi-vigorous)29
Full-size (standard)5

Rootstock


Brompton5
St.Julien29
VVA-119
Wavit8

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early5
Mid11
Late12
Very late1

Keeping

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Does not keep
1-3 days16
1 week13
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh26
Good for cooking22
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree3
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred21
Tolerates partial shade5
Tolerates north-facing shade2

Flowering group

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1
27
318
44
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile18
Partially self-fertile5
Not self-fertile6

Ploidy

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Diploid28

Pollinating others

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Good4
Average25
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing1
Slightly small1
Average growth12
Slightly large4
Large10
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious2
Slow to start bearing1

Cropping


Heavy15
Good9
Light5

Fruit bearing

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

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening24
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period3
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular27
Biennial tendency1

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance6
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates29
Mild / damp climates5
Warm climates6

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good11
Average12
Poor2

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture10

Canker

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Very resistant2
Some resistance5
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 resistance3
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible1

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Belgium 2
France 4
Germany 2
Sweden 4
United Kingdom14
United States2

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 15991
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 17992
1800 - 18497
1850 - 18997
1900 - 19494
1950 - 19994
20002

Fruit colour


Blue - dark4
Green4
Green - light4
Orange flush1
Purple6
Purple - light1
Red4
Yellow5

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Plum trees for cooking with

  • 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 £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 2partly self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Belle de Louvain Plum trees

    Belle de Louvain

    Belle de Louvain is a large purple culinary plum, useful because it can be grown on north-facing walls.  compare
    From £19.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: 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 £19.95 to £37.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Coe's Golden Drop Plum trees

    Coe's Golden Drop

    Coe's Golden Drop is a large oval gage from the 18th century, noted for its excellent flavour.  compare
    From £19.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 2
    Pick: Very late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    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 £19.95 to £37.95
    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 £27.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Early Transparent Gage Plum trees

    Early Transparent Gage

    One of the easier gages to grow, Early Transparent has attractive semi-translucent plums.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Guinevere Plum trees

    Guinevere

    Guinevere is a modern late-season dessert plum, with a good flavour.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Haganta Plum trees

    Haganta®

    Haganta is a new large blue plum from Germany, one of the latest-ripening and an excellent flavour.  compare
    From £34.45
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Haus-Zwetsche Plum trees

    Haus-Zwetsche  Best seller

    Haus-zwetsche is a damson-like Quetsche or Zwetsche plum, ideal for German-style cakes and desserts.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Herman Plum trees

    Herman

    Herman is one of the best quality early-season plum varieties, blue/purple with yellow flesh.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Jefferson Plum trees

    Jefferson

    Jefferson is a large yellow gage / plum, easy to grow, crops well, very juicy and great flavour.  compare
    From £19.95 to £27.95
    Flowering: 2
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Jubilee Plum trees

    Jubilee  Best seller

    Jubilee is a new heavy-cropping dessert plum variety, similar to Victoria but larger and more reliable.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees

    Lindsey Gage

    Lindsey Gage is a sweet-flavoured green gage, similar to Cambridge Gage.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Marjorie's Seedling Plum trees

    Marjorie's Seedling  Best seller

    Marjorie's Seedling is an easy to grow, late-season, heavy cropping purple/black plum.  compare
    From £19.95 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees

    Meritare

    An attractive new early-season dessert plum from Sweden, with large fruits and good cold-hardiness.  compare
    From £31.50
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Old Green Gage Plum trees

    Old Green Gage  Best seller

    The definitive gage - Old Green Gage is arguably the best-flavoured of any plum variety.  compare
    From £19.95 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Late-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 £19.95 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Oullins Golden Gage Plum trees

    Oullins Golden Gage  Best seller

    The flavour of a true gage yet also easy to grow, Oullins Golden Gage is a good first gage tree.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Purple Pershore Plum trees

    Purple Pershore

    Very similar to Yellow Pershore and with the same excellent culinary qualities.  compare
    From £19.95 to £31.50
    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 £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees
    Reine Claude Doree Plum trees

    Reine Claude Doree

    A high-quality yellow-green gage, and usually more productive than other green gages.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees

    Reine Claude Violette

    A traditional French gage first recorded in the 18th century, noted for its excellent flavour. Also known as Purple Gage.  compare
    From £19.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    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 £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Stella's Star Plum trees

    Stella's Star®

    A modern green-gage, more productive and easier to grow in the UK than the traditional ones.  compare
    From £20.45 to £34.45
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Victoria Plum trees

    Victoria  Best seller

    Victoria is the definitive English plum, attractive fruit, good for eating, and outstanding flavour for cooking.  compare
    From £19.95 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Warwickshire Drooper Plum trees

    Warwickshire Drooper

    Warwickshire Drooper is a good quality dual-purpose yellow plum, with heavy crops.  compare
    From £19.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees

    Willingham

    A traditional English green gage, with a reputation for excellent flavour.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Yellow Pershore Plum trees

    Yellow Pershore

    Also known as Yellow Egg, Yellow Pershore is a self-fertile heavy cropping culinary plum.  compare
    From £19.95 to £33.95
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Cooking