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Marjorie's Seedling plum trees

Prunus domestica

Marjorie Seedling is widely available in UK supermarkets and is the main late-season commercial European plum. It is excellent for culinary purposes, and very good for eating fresh when fully ripe.

It is attractive to commercial growers because it is vigorous, hardy, disease resistant, and a reliable and heavy cropper. These qualities mean it is also ideal for the garden or small orchard - and by growing your own you can also get a far better flavor than is possible for the commercial grower - the trick is to leave the plums on the tree longer. And if you like fresh plums, there are not many other ones around this late in the season.

The fruit is large, plum-shaped, and purple, becoming blue-black when fully ripe, with a heavy bloom - overall very attractive. The flesh is greenish-yellow, juicy, quite coarse, and noticeably veined with a good strong plum taste. The stone is clinging.

For eating fresh make sure you leave the fruit on the tree as long as possible to get the best flavor - very pleasant straight from the tree on a cold autumn morning!

Marjorie's Seedling 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.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree VVA-1 rootstock £43.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £42.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG3Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £47.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • PG4Fan-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £62.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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Bare-root

  • BR12-year bush-trained bare-root tree VVA-1 rootstock £33.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR21-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR32-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £32.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR42-year half-standard bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £37.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR51-year bare-root tree Brompton rootstock £22.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Marjorie's Seedling flowers relatively late in the spring, so is a good choice for areas where frost is a problem, or for an east-facing situation. It is vigorous, hardy, highly disease resistant, easy to grow, and relatively untroubled by disease.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Berkshire, UK. 1912.

Marjorie's Seedling characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweet/Sharp

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • CankerVery resistant
  • SilverleafVery resistant

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colourPurple
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit