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Countess cherry plum trees

Prunus x cerasifera
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile

Countess is a new dual-purpose cherry-plum. The fruits are large by cherry-plum standards, in fact similar to a good size plum. They have a rich and very sweet flavour - and a better eating quality than most mirabelles and cherry plums.

Like other cherry plums and mirabelles, Countess is also good for cooking and preserving.

This is a semi-freestone fruit - the flesh sticks to the stone but is easily removed.

The fruits ripen in early July in southern England.

Countess cherry plum trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £42.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £32.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR32-year half-standard bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £37.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Countess usually flowers profusely, and as a result is partially self-fertile. Its flowering season is very early, usually February in the south of England. As a result it is a good pollinator for early-flowering cherry-plums, and related plum species such as pluots and Japanese plums.

The fruits tend to ripen quite quickly, turning from orange to deep crimson within a few days. Pick them as soon as this starts to happen if you want to cook with them, or leave them for a few more days if you want to eat them fresh. It is difficult to judge the ripeness by touch alone as they remain quite firm even when fully ripe.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Countess was developed in the Ukraine. Some authorities classify this variety with the true mirabelles (Prunus insititia) but it is actually a hybrid variety and its flowering and ripening periods make it closer to the cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera).

Countess characteristics

Using

  • Picking monthAugust
  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Cling-stoneSemi-freestone

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group1
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourAverage vigour

Problems

    Climate

    • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
    • Cold-hardinessCold-hardy
    • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Identification

    • Country of originUkraine
    • Period of origin1950 - 1999
    • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow
    • Fruit colourRed - dark
    • Fruit sizeAverage