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Excalibur plum trees

Prunus domestica
Excalibur is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
Excalibur is a red-purple plum, similar to Victoria but with a better flavour for eating fresh.

Excalibur plum trees for sale

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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.

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

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colourRed