Oullins Gage plum tree
Prunus domestica 'Oullins Gage'
- Gardening skill: Beginner
- Picking season: Mid mid-August
- Self-fertility: Self-fertile
- Pollination group: 4
- Awards: RHS AGM (current) 1993
The golden yellow plums of Oullins Gage have an excellent rich sweet flavor.
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Full-size 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
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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.
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.
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
- Gardening skillBeginner
- Pollination group4
- Pollinating othersGood
- Bearing regularityRegular
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonMid - mid-August
- UsesEating freshCulinary
- Keeping (of fruit)1 week
- Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
- CankerSome resistance
- Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Country of originFrance
- Period of origin1850 - 1899
- Fruit colorYellow
- AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 1993