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Yellow Pershore plum trees

Prunus domestica
Yellow Pershore

Yellow Pershore is an attractive traditional cooking plum from the Vale of Evesham in the West Midlands. It was rated by the Victorian fruit expert Robert Hogg as "an excellent baking and preserving plum" and is excellent variety for plum jam.

It can be eaten fresh when fully ripe, but this is a plum which excels for culinary use - and for the best culinary flavour the plums should be picked before they are fully yellow.

If you want an easy to grow and productive cooking plum as an alternative to Victoria, Yellow Pershore is a good choice.

Yellow Pershore 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 St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year half-standard bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £37.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Yellow Pershore is a very easy variety to grow in the garden, and has the advantage of being self-fertile. The only real problem is that it in a good spring Yellow Pershore can occasionally set too large a crop, which can cause branches to break under the weight later in the summer. The solution is to thin the fruitlets when the blossom has finished, although it has to be said that thinning plum fruitlets is a very tedious job.

Yellow Pershore also has excellent natural resistance to the main plum diseases silverleaf and canker.

Cropping is reliable and heavy, and it is suitable for most parts of the UK.

Young Pershore plum trees can also be used as rootstocks for some other plum varieties.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

A traditional variety, discovered in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire in the early 19th century. Widely known as Yellow Egg (on account of its shape) or just Pershore. It has been grown commercially in the Vale of Evesham since Victorian times.

Yellow Pershore characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food usesCulinary
  • Cling-stoneClingstone

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • SilverleafSome resistance
  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourYellow
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit