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Rivers Early Prolific

Rivers Early Prolific

Rivers Early Prolific

Rivers Early Prolific is a small to medium sized, deep blue plum, which ripens in late July/ early August. Very suitable for jam-making. It is self-fertile and has a high level of resistance to silver leaf fungus.

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Purple Pershore

 

Purple Pershore, courtesy of Pershore Plum Festival/flickr.com

Purple Pershore, courtesy of Pershore Plum Festival/flickr.com

This is another reliable cooking plum ready around mid August. It is self-fertile and flowers late and thereby mostly escapes the worst of the spring frosts. If over-cropping occurs, it will not crop the following year. It makes a large tree and therefore it is not easy to handle unless grown on a dwarfing stock. One of the few plums that is resistant to silver leaf fungus.

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President

President, photo courtesy of n_turan/flickr.com

President, photo courtesy of n_turan/flickr.com

If the tree is well grown, it is a regular provider of very large plums. These plums should not be picked before October in order to have the full flavour. It is self-sterile and needs a regular flowering pollinator. It is suitable for the North, but not as a single tree on a very exposed site. It prefers heavier, well-drained soils.

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Ouillins Golden Gage

Ouillins Golden Gage, photo courtesy of pepinieres-gromolard.com

Ouillins Golden Gage, photo courtesy of pepinieres-gromolard.com

This is one of the most reliable gages to grow. It is self-fertile and late-flowering and quite frost-resistant. If grown well, it is a healthy and vigorous tree with good sized fruits, ready to harvest by mid-August. It is a dual-purpose (dessert/jam) plum/greengage and a regular cropper. Suitable for the North in a sheltered position.

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Opal

Opal, photo courtesy of terentino/flickr.com

Opal, photo courtesy of terentino/flickr.com

A lovely plum to eat; the tree begins to crop quite early in life. It ripens by mid-August and the fruit is of good size. Does best with a pollinator, however it is partially self-fertile. This variety was raised in Sweden and therefore it is suitable for the North.

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Old Green Gage

Old Green Gage, photo courtesy of mrdarcysheritagefruittrees.com

Old Green Gage, photo courtesy of mrdarcysheritagefruittrees.com

One of the best gages to eat. Unfortunately not a heavy or regular cropper. Bullfinches love the fruit buds, and wasps love the fruits! It is frost-sensitive and it needs a good pollinator. The tree is very vigorous and not easy to manage. Fairly disease-resistant.

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Mirabelle de Nancy

Mirabelle de Nancy, photo courtesy of Joes Berma/flickr.com

Mirabelle de Nancy, photo courtesy of Joes Berma/flickr.com

One of the best of the various Mirabelle varieties. It is self-fertile, flowers very early and fruit is ready by mid to late August. Makes quite a big twiggy type of tree. Tends to overcrop, and it is frost sensitive. Good fruit for processing.

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Merryweather Damson

Merryweather Damson, photo courtesy of the-plant-directory.co.uk

Merryweather Damson, photo courtesy of the-plant-directory.co.uk

A very good damson tree producing reasonable-sized fruits. Not as fertile as Farleigh Damson. It is self-fertile, but sets even better with the right pollinator. Suitable for the North. A good cooking plum and a reliable cropper. Fruit ready to pick in September.

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Marjorie’s Seedling

Marjorie's Seedling, photo courtesy of The Garden Smallholder/flickr.com

Marjorie’s Seedling, photo courtesy of The Garden Smallholder/flickr.com

A late September plum with exceptionally good quality characteristics. It crops well and sets fruit well and rarely disappoints from the cropping point of view. It is self-fertile and a very good pollinator of other varieties flowering in the same group. For really good fruit, thinning in late June is essential. The plums do not suffer from drop and will stay on the tree well into October. It is suitable for the North.

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Kirkes Blue

Kirkes Blue, photo courtesy of urban75.net

Kirkes Blue, photo courtesy of urban75.net

This is a plum tree very suitable for the smaller garden. It makes a small round tree with large, nearly black plums. Fruit ready by mid September. However it is self-sterile and without the right pollinator it will not perform. It is not suitable for the North. Not a heavy cropper but overall a very nice plum tree.

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