Oullins Gage plum trees

Prunus domestica 'Oullins Gage'

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  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

A French gage with the classic gage-like flavor. Rated by the noted Victorian writer Hogg as having "exquisite flavour and handsome appearance".

The fruit is large by gage standards - more like a small plum, with a semi-clinging stone. It is a particularly attractive golden colour, with faint red dots - very pretty in a fruit bowl.

Oullins Gage is equally good for fresh or culinary use. Eaten fresh, the flesh is sweet and gage-like - and far better than most shop-bought plums. For culinary use, pick slightly early when it is still firm. The flavour of Oullins Gage is also fairly consistent between seasons.

Oullins Gage plum trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
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1-year Oullins Gage plum trees bare-root
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height
$29.00
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How to grow

Compared to most gages, Oullins Gage is easy to grow.

Oullins Gage has a tendency to be slow to come into bearing, and if left to its own devices it is not unusual for the tree to be 4-5 years old before it begins fruiting. The fruit is certainly worth the wait, but you can also take steps to speed things up a bit! One of the reasons for the delay in fruiting is its growth habit, which is vigorous and upright - it may help to gently tie down new side branches to give a more open appearance, and this will also encourage earlier fruiting. Similarly, once the tree has clearly established itself in your garden, be wary of over-feeding it, as it will respond by growing even more - rather than fruiting.

Oullins Gage is also a good pollinator for other mid- or late-flowering plums and gages.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

The ancestry of Oullins Gage is not known, but it originates from the town of Oullins in south-east France, where it was first sold by a local nurseryman in the 1860s.

Oullins Gage characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking
  • Cropping: Light
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Regular

Disease resistance

  • Canker: Some resistance

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit color: Yellow
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
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