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Hauszwetsche German Prune plum trees

Prunus domestica
Hauszwetsche German Prune
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Hauszwetsche is a dark-blue damson-like plum or prune. It is a typical example of the Zwetsche or Quetsche plums which have been grown in central Europe for centuries

Although it can be eaten fresh, traditionally its main use is in the kitchen. The yellow flesh has a spicy flavour, and is notable for its high sugar content (it is sometimes known as Sweet Prune for this reason).

The flesh is also drier than many English culinary plums, which means it does not dilute the surrounding pastry or cake mix with excess liquid.

In short, this is the ideal variety for making German plum cakes, plum dumplings, and other traditional desserts from central Europe - and a good present for anyone interested in cookery.

Hauszwetsche German Prune 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)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree VVA-1 rootstock £23.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree VVA-1 rootstock £23.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Haus-zwetsche is easy to grow and is a reliable cropper once it gets established.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Zwetsch or Quetsche is the name for a population of small damson-like plums which are found throughout central Europe. They are known in the UK under various names, including German Prune or Sweet Prune or Quetsche Plum.

Hauszwetsche German Prune characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourSlightly large
  • PrecocitySlow to start bearing
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of originGermany
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourBlue - dark