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Purple Pershore plum trees

Prunus domestica
Purple Pershore

Purple Pershore is well-known and reliable English plum, grown commercially on a small-scale in the vale of Evesham. The fruit is large, and perfect for almost any kind of plum cookery, particularly plum jam.

The plums should be picked at the red stage if you are using them for the kitchen, or left on the tree until they are dark purple for eating fresh.

Purple Pershore plum trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Brompton rootstock £23.45
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Purple Pershore is an almost foolproof plum variety, self-fertile and with very good disease resistance. It can be grown throughout the UK.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

The origins of Purple Pershore are uncertain. Some authorities believe it is a purple sport of Yellow Pershore - which it resembles in many ways, apart from the colour. Others believe it may be related to Rivers Early Prolific.

Purple Pershore characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • SilverleafSome resistance
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • CankerSome resistance

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourPurple
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit