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Mirabelle de Nancy mirabelle trees

Prunus insititia
Mirabelle de Nancy

Mirabelle de Nancy is the definitive mirabelle for French patisseries such as "Tarte aux Mirabelles".

This is a traditional old French variety, originating from the department of Lorraine - the countryside around the cities of Metz and Nancy is one of the main areas for mirabelle production.

The fruits are an attractive speckled yellow colour, and ripen in early September in southern England.

Mirabelles are primarily used in the kitchen although they can be eaten fresh too. The stone separates cleanly from the flesh, which makes it easier when preparing the fruit for cooking.

Mirabelle de Nancy mirabelle 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 VVA-1 rootstock £23.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £32.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year half-standard bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £37.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Mirabelle de Nancy is partially self-fertile. It will bear a reasonable crop on its own, but cropping is improved if a different mirabelle variety is planted nearby - and It can also cross-pollinate with other European plum and damson varieties.

Whilst the tree is hardy and will grow happily in most parts of the UK, for reliable cropping it is best planted in a sheltered south-facing spot with maximum sunlight.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

France, 1700s and probably much earlier. There is no specific "cultivar" of Mirabelle de Nancy, and it is perhaps better considered as a population of closely-related and interbred varieties with common characteristics, originating from the area around Nancy in north-east France.

Mirabelle de Nancy characteristics

Using

  • Picking monthAugust
  • CroppingLight
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • Food usesCulinary
  • Cling-stoneFreestone

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourWeak growing
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

    Climate

    • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Identification

    • Country of originFrance
    • Period of origin1550 - 1599
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Leaf colourGreen
    • Fruit colourYellow / Orange