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Castleton plum trees

  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 

Castleton is a modern dual-purpose early-season plum. It was developed for the New York commercial plum-growing market, and these qualities also make it a good choice for the backyard orchard.

Castleton can be eaten fresh when fully ripe or used in the kitchen if picked slightly earlier. It is a freestone plum - the stone falls away from the flesh easily.

Shipping starts in March 2015.

Castleton plum trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (8ft-9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock  (semi-dwarf)less than 5 in stock $29.00

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Castleton

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly large?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Spreading

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Blue - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green

    Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?


Pollination guide for Castleton

Castleton is in flowering group 3. Castleton is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other plum trees.

Varieties with similar picking times to Castleton

< Slightly earlier

About the same time

Old Green Gage

Slightly later >



Historical details

Developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, part of Cornell University, under a team led by John Watson. Released in the 1990s. Castleton is a cross between Valor and Iroquois.


Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Castleton'




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