Reine Claude Boddaerts plum trees

Prunus domestica 'Reine Claude Boddaerts'

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Reine Claude Boddaerts, or Boddaert's Green Gage is a traditional European green gage plum.

It has the characteristic rich sweet flavor of a green gage, but the fruit size is notably larger. Like many green gages, the fruits have a yellow-green hue, sometimes flecked with crimson spots.

The flesh is not as juicy as some varieties - which is often useful in cookery.

The stone does not come away from the flesh.

Reine Claude Boddaerts plum trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Reine Claude Boddaerts plum trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
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How to grow

Reine Claude Boddaerts is of slightly above-average vigor and produces a good strong spreading tree. It ripens slightly ahead of old Green Gage, and may bear at an earlier age.

It is not self-fertile, but will be pollinated by most other European plums.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Reine Claude Boddaert is thought to have been raised by a Mr Beil of Deinze in Belgium in the 1840s, and is almost certainly a Green Gage seedling. It is mentioned by the Victorian English fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg, and became known in the US in the 1870s.

Reine Claude Boddaerts characteristics


  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Dual purpose (eat + cook)
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: Belgium
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit color: Green / Yellow
  • Fruit size: Large
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