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Avalon plum trees

Prunus domestica
Avalon
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

Development of new plum varieties has lagged behind that of apples and cherries, but Avalon is an excellent example of how growers are starting to improve on the traditional English Victoria plum. The flavor for eating fresh is far superior to Victoria, and although cropping is not quite as heavy as Victoria when the tree is young, once it reaches full size it is still a very respectable cropper.

The flesh is firm and sweet with some tanginess. The stone separates fairly cleanly from the flesh.

Unusually for a plum that is so good for eating fresh, Avalon is also an excellent culinary plum. Avalon plum jam has a deep blue/purple hue with a strong sweet flavor. The plums can be picked slightly underripe for use in puddings, when they are a pale red color, or wait until they are darker red and fully ripe for eating fresh.

Avalon 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 Wavit rootstock £24.45
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £32.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Avalon produces a strong-growing tree, generally healthy and not requiring much attention. It is partially self-fertile but benefits from another compatible plum tree nearby.

Avalon flowers quite early, so make sure you are not planting in an area prone to late frosts.

Disease-resistance appears to be generally good.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Avalon was developed by R. Jones at East Malling Research, in Kent, and released in 1989. It is a seedling of Reeves, an old and well-regarded English plum variety. The same breeding programme also led to another useful plum variety called Excalibur which was released at the same time.

Avalon characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourVigorous
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourPurple