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Reeves plum trees

Prunus domestica
Reeves
Reeves is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Awards: RHS AGM (former) 1995
A high-quality English dual-purpose plum, similar to Victoria but with an improved flavour for eating fresh.

Reeves plum trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £38.75
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
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.

Reeves is a large-fruited dual-purpose red plum, filling a similar niche to Victoria. However whilst Victoria is hard to beat for use in the kitchen, Reeves has a far better flavour for eating fresh. Indeed it is one of the best-flavoured of all plums and can even hold its own in tasting tests with most gages.

It is grown commercially on a small scale in England, Scandanavia, and eastern Europe, and is generally well-regarded by growers and apparently not affected by plum pox virus. The plums keep fresh much longer after picking than most other varieties.

How to grow

Reeves is not as heavy-cropping as some plums. This is actually a good thing, as with plums lighter crops are often associated with better flavour.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Reeves was found by Mr A. Reeves of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, in the 1940s. Chilliwack is near Vancouver - some distance from the main plum-growing regions of British Columbia. Its ancestry is unknown but it is possibly a seedling of Reine Claude Berger (sometimes known as Peach plum in English).

Reeves characteristics

Growing

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

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • Fruit colourRed - dark
  • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow
  • AwardsRHS AGM (former)