Valor plum trees

Prunus domestica 'Valor'

Valor plums
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Valor is a large dark purple late-season plum with yellow flesh and a sweet flavor.  It is mainly used for culinary purposes.

The stone falls cleanly from the flesh (freestone). 

Valor plum trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Valor plum trees bare-root
Myrobalan rootstock
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height

*Find out more about the rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

Valor is a productive and vigorous plum tree, easy to grow, with regular cropping. It can be pollinated by most other European plums.

Valor is a hexaploid variety, but for pollination purposes can be considered as a conventional diploid variety.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Valor was developed at the Vineland Research Institute, Ontario, Canada, 1968. It inherits most of its qualities from Imperial Epineuse, a dessert plum with a very sweet flavour, originating in France but widely grown in North America. Valor's other parent is Grand Duke, introduced by the famous Rivers Nursery in England in the 1880s, and regarded as a good culinary plum.

Valor characteristics


  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • 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
  • Bearing regularity: Regular

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Purple
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
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