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European plums

European plums are renowned for their rich flavors, and versatility for eating fresh or cooking.

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    Bluebyrd

    A late-season disease-resistant European plum with a dark blue skin and a sweet flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Pollination group: 3
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    Empress

    Empress, also known as Blue Imperatrice, is a very late season European plum with a notably sweet flavor.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Pollination group: 5
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    Geneva MirabelleTM

    An American mirabelle, similar in style to the traditional French mirabelles.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Pollination group: 3
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    Old Green Gage

    Old Green Gage plum tree
    The definitive gage - Old Green Gage is arguably the best-flavored of any plum variety.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Gardening skill: Experienced
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Pollination group: 3
  • Plum tree

    President

    President plum tree
    A late-season English dual-purpose plum, notable for heavy crops of large plums.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Pollination group: 3
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    Victoria

    Victoria plum tree
    Victoria is a self-fertile English plum - attractive fruit, good for eating, and outstanding flavor for cooking.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)


How to choose European plums

European plums are well suited to temperate climates, being hardier than the Japanese varieties and flowering later.

Although European plums do not store particularly well, the fruit usually ripens over a 1-2 week period, during which time the tree can be picked daily to ensure a steady supply of fruit.

Many European plums have excellent rich sweet flavors, amongst the best of any temperate fruit species. However they are also ideal for all kinds of culinary uses.