Spring 2015 seasonLast orders for this season for delivery to CA to reach us 31st March 

Plum trees

One of the easiest fruits to grow, we love plum trees and can advise on all aspects of choosing and planting them.

Early-season  (3)  
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A reliable early-season dual-purpose plum. compare
Count Althan's Gage plum tree
Late-season  (4)  
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Also known as Reine Claude Conducta, a true gage but with a richer and more plum-like flavor than other gages. compare
Ersinger Fruhzwetsche plum tree
Early-season  (2)  
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Ersinger is an early-season German plum with a good plum flavor for culinary use. compare
European Damson plum tree
Mid-season  (3)  
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A European-style Damson plum, with a traditional rich astringent flavor. compare
Old Green Gage plum tree
Late-season  (3)  
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The definitive gage - Old Green Gage is arguably the best-flavored of any plum variety. compare
Opal plum tree
Early-season  (3)  SF  
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Opal is an early plum variety with a good flavor, self-fertile and very easy to grow. compare
Oullins Golden Gage plum tree
Mid-season  (4)  SF  
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The flavor of a true gage yet also easy to grow, Oullins Golden Gage is a good first gage tree. compare
President plum tree
Late-season  (3)  
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A late season English dual-purpose plum, notable for heavy crops of large plums. compare
Seneca plum tree
Late-season  (3)  
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Seneca is a high-quality late-season large American plum with a notably sweet flavor. compare
Valor plum tree
Very late-season  (3)  
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Valor is a large dual-purpose purple plum from Canada, ripening late in the season. compare
Victory plum tree
Late-season  (4)  
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A very late ripening prune-style plum, and one of the largest-fruited of all plums. compare

More about Plum trees

If you are new to growing fruit trees, plum trees make an excellent choice. Plum trees are easy to grow - usually easier than apples and pears - and require very little training or pruning. The only horticultural challenge is that plums flower quite early in spring, so locations that are prone to frosts are best avoided (or choose a late-flowering or frost-resistant variety). They thrive in most conditions, but they prefer water-retentive soils, and mulching is therefore particularly important for plum trees - farmyard manure is ideal.

Unlike most apples and pears, many plum varieties are self-fertile or partially self-fertile and do not need a pollination partner. For plum varieties that are not self-fertile, another plum tree of a different variety flowering at the same time is usually all that is necessary to ensure good pollination and heavy crops - there are few of the pollination incompatibilities found with apples, pears and cherries.

Plums are also more nutrient-rich than apples or pears, and comparable to some other "superfoods" such as blueberries. Although plum trees do suffer from a range of diseases, they seem to catch them less often than other fruit varieties. Most important of all, the flavour of ripe home-grown plums is vastly superior to shop-bought fruit. Indeed in our opinion freshly-picked dessert plums can offer the most exquisite sweet flavours of any fruit available from the temperate garden.

We offer mostly 'European' plum trees - from the species Prunus domestica. European plums have a much better and more interesting range of flavours than the 'Japanese' plums usually found in supermarkets. Most garden plum trees in Northern Europe are of this species, and they are well suited to temperate climates, being hardier than the Japanese varieties and flowering later. Whilst European plums do not store particularly well, the fruit usually ripens over a 1-2 week period, during which time the tree can be picked daily to ensure a steady supply of fruit.

There is also a sub-group of European plums known as Gages, usually ranked within the species Prunus domestica, but sometimes sub-categorised as the "Reine Claude" group. Gage trees look similar to plum trees but the fruits are smaller and rounder than European plums, and either green or golden/yellow in colour. Gage trees prefer slightly warmer growing conditions than other European plums to bring out their full flavour, and their natural home is France - but they can be grown in any temperate climate. Gages are renowned for their unique distinctive rich-sweet flavour, .