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Kea plum trees

Prunus domestica
Kea is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
Kea is a culinary plum from Cornwall, ideal for plum jam.

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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.

Kea plum trees originate from the parish of Kea in the valley of the river Fal near Truro and Falmouth in Cornwall. The plums, are usually a dull dark red colour but may also be a blue/black colour. They have a sharp flavour, not particularly nice for eating fresh, but ideal for jam-making.

How to grow

The Kea plum evolved in the challenging mild damp climate of Cornwall, and as a result the trees are generally disease-resistant and easy to grow. Kea plums are reasonably self-fertile and a pollinator variety is not needed, although cropping will be improved if there is another different plum variety nearby.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Kea characteristics

Growing

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

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesCulinaryTraditional cooker

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • Fruit colourBlue - darkRed
  • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow