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Excalibur plum trees

Prunus domestica

With the resurgence in interest in plums, growers have increasingly tried to improve on the popular English Victoria plum, and Excalibur is one of the best examples of these improved Victorias. The plums are larger than Victoria, and arguably have a better flavor for eating fresh.

Excalibur plum trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Unlike Victoria, Excalibur is not self-fertile - it needs a pollination partner, but Victoria is compatible. Cropping is lighter than Victoria (which is no bad thing) but still productive, and Excalibur has better disease resistance.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Excalibur was developed by R. Jones in the UK and released in 1989. The mother variety is Count Althann's gage, noted for its superb flavour.

The same breeding programme also led to another popular garden plum variety called Avalon.

Excalibur 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-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourVigorous
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

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

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 colourRed