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.
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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.
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
- Picking season:
Eating fresh Cooking
- Keeping (of fruit):
- Flavor style (apples):
- Fruit persistence:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Pollination group:
- Pollinating others:
- Bearing regularity:
- Summer average maximum temperatures:
Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
- Country of origin:
- Period of origin:
1850 - 1899
- Fruit color:
RHS Award of Garden Merit