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Cambridge Gage plum trees

Prunus domestica
Cambridge Gage

Cambridge Gage is a classic English green gage, with a high quality gage-like flavor. It is a close substitute for the traditional Old Green Gage, but easier to grow.

Cambridge Gage ripens towards the end of August, and is equally good as a fresh dessert plum or for culinary purposes.

Cambridge Gage 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 VVA-1 rootstock £43.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £42.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • PG3Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £47.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • PG4Fan-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £62.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree VVA-1 rootstock £23.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree VVA-1 rootstock £33.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR32-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £32.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR41-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR52-year half-standard bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £37.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR61-year bare-root tree Brompton rootstock £22.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

Cambridge Gage is very similar to Old Green Gage in most respects but is generally found to be a more reliable cropper with consistent crops from year to year.

As with most green gages it prefers a dry climate and does best when planted in a sunny aspect.

Cambridge Gage is partially self-fertile (unlike Old Green Gage) but it helps if there is another pollinator nearby - the popular Victoria plum tree is a good choice.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Cambridge Gage is thought to be a seedling of Old Green Gage, and was grown commercially in the Cambridge area by the jam manufacturers Chivers in the early 20th century. It was probably discovered at the end of the 19th century.

Cambridge Gage characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colourGreen - light
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit