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Czar plum trees

Prunus domestica
Czar
Czar has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritCzar is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Mid Early August
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Awards: RHS AGM (current) 1993
Czar is a traditional culinary plum, one of the easiest plums trees, will even fruit on north-facing walls.
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Czar 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 £62.00
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £60.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • PG3Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £63.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree VVA-1 rootstock £41.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree VVA-1 rootstock £49.75
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree Wavit rootstock £38.75
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • BR41-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £38.75
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • BR52-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £47.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • BR62-year half-standard bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £51.00
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • BR71-year bare-root tree Brompton rootstock £41.25
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Czar is a large dark black/purple plum, with good astringency and ideal for culinary purposes. It can also be eaten fresh if you leave it to get fully ripe. Rated by Hogg (writing in the 1880s) as an "excellent plum".

The blossom is unusually large for a plum.

How to grow

Czar is an excellent choice for less than ideal conditions, including areas of heavy rainfall or low light levels. It is reliable, heavy-cropping, self-fertile, and can be grown shade or north-facing situations if necessary. The tree is compact and attractive. Czar has average disease resistance but good frost resistance.

If you want another plum tree to pollinate your Czar then Victoria is a good choice as it is typically in peak flower just a couple of days later than Czar.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Czar was raised in Hertfordshire in the 1870s, UK, and is a cross between Prince Englebert and Early Rivers, and named in honour of the Emperor of Russia who was visiting England at the time. Czar has been quite widely grown in the UK as a commercial plum variety.

Czar characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • Fruit colourBlue - dark
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current)