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Valor plum trees

Prunus domestica

Valor is a large dark purple late-season plum with yellow flesh, similar to Marjorie's Seedling both in color and season, but with a sweeter flavor.

It was developed in Canada, and inherits most of its qualities from Imperial Epineuse, a dessert plum with a very sweet flavor, originating in France but mainly grown in North America. Valor's other parent is Grand Duke, introduced by the famous Rivers Nursery in England in the 1880s, and regarded as a good culinary plum.

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How to grow

Valor is a productive and vigorous plum tree, which ripens late in the season (mid-late September). It is self-fertile.

The flesh falls away from the stone when ripe (freestone).

Valor is a hexaploid variety, but for pollination purposes can be considered as a conventional diploid variety.

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Vineland Research Institute, Ontario, Canada, 1968. The parents are Imperial Epineuse and Grand Duke.

Valor characteristics


  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary


  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourSlightly large
  • Bearing regularityRegular


  • Plum pox virus (Sharka)Some resistance
  • Disease resistanceAverage


  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)


  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourPurple
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit