Plums for cooking with


Gardening skill

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Suitable for beginners11
Average23
Some needed3

Fruit tree categories

Almond trees2
Apple trees122
Apricot trees12
Cherry trees26
Cider apple trees14
Crab apple trees26
Damson trees10
Fig trees4
Hazel trees7
Japanese Plums2
Medlar trees3
Mirabelle trees6
Mulberry trees4
Nectarine trees6
Peach trees8
Pear trees28
Perry pear trees5
Plum trees37
Quince trees6
Saskatoon bushes5
Walnut trees5

Stock availabilitytop


Tree form


1-year22
2-year bush-trained19
Half standard10
Fan-trained3

Supplied as


Bare-root22
Pot-grown20

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)17
Large (semi-vigorous)27
Full-size (standard)8

Rootstock


Brompton8
St.Julien26
VVA-117
Wavit10

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early6
Mid16
Late13
Very late2

Keeping

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Does not keep1
1-3 days21
1 week15
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh34
Good for cooking28
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree3
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred27
Tolerates partial shade7
Tolerates north-facing shade2

Flowering group

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1
29
322
46
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile19
Partially self-fertile6
Not self-fertile12

Ploidy

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Diploid36

Pollinating others

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Good4
Average33
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing2
Slightly small2
Average growth13
Slightly large5
Large14
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious2
Slow to start bearing1

Cropping


Heavy16
Good14
Light7

Fruit bearing

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

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening32
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period3
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular34
Biennial tendency1

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance7
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates37
Mild / damp climates7
Warm climates9

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good15
Average16
Poor2

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture12

Canker

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Very resistant2
Some resistance7
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
Canada2
France 4
Germany 2
Norway1
Sweden 4
United Kingdom18
United States3

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 15991
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 17992
1800 - 18498
1850 - 18997
1900 - 19497
1950 - 19998
20002

Fruit colour


Blue - dark5
Green4
Green - light4
Orange flush1
Purple8
Purple - light2
Red7
Yellow5
Yellow / Orange1

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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 £18.95 to £32.95
    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 £18.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: 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 £18.95 to £55.00
    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 £18.95 to £29.95
    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 £18.95 to £55.00
    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 £18.95 to £32.95
    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 £18.95 to £32.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    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 
  • Plum trees
    Excalibur Plum trees

    Excalibur

    Excalibur is a red-purple plum, similar to Victoria but with a better flavour for eating fresh.  compare
    Flowering: 2
    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 £18.95 to £32.95
    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 £33.95
    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 £18.95 to £32.95
    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 £18.95 to £32.95
    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 £18.95
    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 £18.95 to £36.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Kirke's Blue Plum trees

    Kirke's Blue

    An old-fashioned blue plum with a rich sweet flavour.  compare
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Plum trees

    Lindsey Gage

    Lindsey Gage is a sweet-flavoured green gage, similar to Cambridge Gage.  compare
    From £18.95 to £32.95
    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 £18.95 to £55.00
    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 £18.95
    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 £18.95 to £55.00
    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 £18.95 to £55.00
    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 £18.95 to £55.00
    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 £18.95
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Reeves Plum trees

    Reeves

    A high-quality English dual-purpose plum, similar to Victoria but with a much better flavour.  compare
    From £18.95
    Flowering: 4
    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 £32.95
    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 £18.95
    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 £18.95 to £32.95
    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 £18.95 to £32.95
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Seneca Plum trees

    Seneca

    Seneca is a high-quality late-season large American plum with a notably sweet flavor.  compare
    From £18.95 to £29.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • 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 £19.45 to £33.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Thames Cross Plum trees

    Thames Cross

    An attractive yellow mid-season plum with a good flavour.  compare
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Valor Plum trees

    Valor

    Valor is a large dual-purpose purple plum from Canada, ripening late in the season.  compare
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Very late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Plum trees
    Victoria Plum trees

    Victoria  Best seller

    Victoria is the definitive English plum, attractive fruit, good for eating, outstanding flavour for cooking.  compare
    From £18.95 to £55.00
    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 £18.95
    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 £18.95 to £32.95
    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 £18.95 to £32.95
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Cooking