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Excalibur plum trees

Prunus domestica
Excalibur
Excalibur is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2
Excalibur is a red-purple plum, similar to Victoria but with a better flavour for eating fresh.
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Excalibur plum trees for sale

Bare-root

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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.

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. The plums are larger than Victoria, and arguably have a better flavour for eating fresh.

How to grow

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 at Long Ashton Research Station near Bristol and released in 1989. The mother variety is Count Althann's gage, noted for its superb flavour - and there is an obvious resemblance.

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
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage

Identification

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