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Meritare plum trees

Prunus domestica

Meritare is an attractive new early-season plum from Sweden.

Meritare is quite similar to Victoria in appearance and flavour, and probably better for eating fresh, and the fruit-size is much larger.

This is a good choice if you are looking for an early-season plum to grow in colder climates.

Meritare plum trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Wavit rootstock £24.45
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Meritare is considered too light-cropping by many commercial growers, but for the gardener this is a good thing - lighter crops often mean better flavour, and larger fruit size.

Although it can in some ways be considered an early Victoria-style plum, it is closely related to the well-known Swedish Opal plum. It inherits that variety's early ripening and robust health and cold-hardiness.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Meritare was developed in the 1980s at the Balsgaard research station in southern Sweden. It is a cross between an American dessert plum called Ontario, and the well-known Opal plum from Sweden. (Some authorities state incorrectly that it was developed at the INRA research station in Bordeaux, France).

Meritare characteristics

Growing

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

Using

  • Picking seasonEarly
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter

Problems

    Climate

      Identification

      • Country of originFrance
      • Period of origin1950 - 1999
      • Fruit colourRed