Count Althan's Gage plum trees

Count Althan's

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.

Count Althan's Gage plum trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Count Althan's Gage plum trees bare-root
Krymsk 1 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00

*Find out more about the rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

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.

Count Althan's Gage characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Light
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
  • Flavour quality: Exceptional
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Silverleaf: Some susceptibility
  • Plum pox virus (Sharka): Some resistance

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Frost resistance of blossom: Good resistance

Identification

  • Country of origin: Czech Republic
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Red