Empress plum tree
Prunus domestica 'Empress'
- Gardening skill: Average
- Picking season: Very late
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Pollination group: 5
Empress, also known as Blue Imperatrice, is a very late season European plum with a notably sweet flavor.
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Full-size 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
Empress is a very late season European plum, notable for its rich sweet flavor.
The dark blue / purple plums are usually ready to pick in mid-September, but will hang on the tree for much longer if allowed to. They can be kept fresh in a fridge for several weeks, which is also much longer than most European plums.
The green/yellow flesh is quite dry, which makes it excellent for use in the kitchen. The stone is semi-clinging.
How to grow
Empress is fairly easy to grow, and although not self-fertile, is readily pollinated by most other late-flowering European plum varieties.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Empress is a very old variety of uncertain origins. It is widely known in Europe as Blue Imperatrice, the name apparently being shortened to Empress when it was introduced to North America.
- Gardening skillAverage
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Pollination group5
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Bearing regularityRegular
- Picking seasonVery late
- UsesDryingDual purpose
- Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
- General resistanceGood
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
- Period of origin1700 - 1749
- Flesh colourGolden / Yellow
- Fruit colorBlue - darkPurple - light
- Fruit sizeAverage