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Kirke's Blue plum trees

Prunus domestica
Kirke's

Kirke's Blue plum trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £25.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now for delivery from late August / early September 2021 for pot grown trees (or late November / early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.

History

Kirke's Blue was named by Joseph Kirke, a nurseryman from the Brompton district of London who first propagated it in the 1830s and subsequently promoted it. However its origins are unknown - Kirke stated he first saw the fruit for sale on a market stall and tracked down the original tree to Norfolk, but this is not certain. It soon became a popular variety in Victorian gardens.

Kirke's Blue characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)Does not keep
  • Food usesEating freshDrying

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colourPurple - light