Spring 2015 seasonPlease order now for delivery in spring 2015. 

Count Althan's Gage plum trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Count Althan's gage is an unusual and attractive red gage, often known by its alternative name Reine Claude Conducta.

The flavor is excellent, and it is widely regarded as one of the best-flavored of all gages.

It stands apart from other gages in several respects - the fruits are larger, and whilst most gages are green or yellow, Count Althann's gage is an attractive dusky red pink color. However like most gages cropping tends to be light.

If you find some gages too sweet and sugary, then Count Althan's is worth considering. The flavor is by no means sharp, rather it has a rich sweetness, more reminscent of a high quality plum than a gage.

Shipping starts in March 2015.

Count Althan's Gage plum trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (14ft-20ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Myrobalan rootstock  (vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

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 Count Althan's Gage

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Silverleaf: Some susceptibility?
  • Plum pox virus: Some resistance?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: Czech Republic
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated?

    Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters


Pollination guide for Count Althan's Gage

Count Althan's Gage is in flowering group 4. Count Althan's Gage is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Count Althan's Gage plum trees

Count Althan's gage is easy to grow but is not a heavy cropper. However this is not necessarily a bad thing because the flavor is more concentrated as a result.


Historical details

Count Althan's gage was raised by the gardener of Count Althan, in the 1850s in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. It's pedigree is unknown, but it quickly became popular in Europe, and by the 1860s was being sold in England by the famous Rivers nursery.

It is also known as Reine Claude Conducta.


Botanical name

Prunus domestica 'Count Althan's Gage'




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