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Hauszwetsche German Prune plum trees

Prunus domestica
Hauszwetsche German Prune
Hauszwetsche German Prune is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
Hauszwetsche is a damson-like Quetsche or Zwetsche plum, ideal for German-style cakes and desserts.

Hauszwetsche German Prune plum trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

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Hauszwetsche is a dark-blue damson-like plum or prune. It is a typical example of the Zwetsche or Quetsche plums which have been grown in central Europe for centuries.

Although it can be eaten fresh, traditionally its main use is in the kitchen. The yellow flesh has a spicy flavour, and is notable for its high sugar content (it is sometimes known as Sweet Prune for this reason).

The flesh is also drier than many English culinary plums, which means it does not dilute the surrounding pastry or cake mix with excess liquid.

In short, this is the ideal variety for making German plum cakes, plum dumplings, and other traditional desserts from central Europe - and a good present for anyone interested in cookery.

How to grow

Haus-zwetsche is easy to grow and is a reliable cropper once it gets established. It ripens late in the plum season, towards the end of August in the UK.

It does best if planted in a sheltered situation, as it prefers a continental climate and is sensitive to bad weather at flowering time.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Zwetsch or Quetsche is the name for a population of small damson-like plums which are found throughout central Europe. They are known in the UK under various names, including German Prune or Sweet Prune or Quetsche Plum.

Hauszwetsche German Prune characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

  • Picking monthSeptember
  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesCulinaryDual purpose

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originGermany
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colourBlue - dark