Gloucestershire Plums

The county of Gloucestershire is well known for its plum growing particularly along the lower reaches of the River Severn south of Gloucester and into the Forest of Dean. Some of the varieties are very local to certain parts of the county and as a result are dwindling in number.

At the request of Gloucestershire Orchard Trust (GOT) we are growing a good selection of these pium & damson trees. Small quantities available. All available on moderate vigour St Julien A rootstock. The photos of Rodley Blackjack & Shit Smock are from the GOT website.  

We are growing a couple of other Goucestersire varieties - Blaisdon Red & Grove's Late Victoria. These are more widely known and are on the Plums & Gages page.

Discount information - the following discounts apply on total order value, excluding carriage - 5% on 5+ trees, 10% on 10+ trees. Carriage based on quantity - see the Delivery page for more details.

Plum trees are dispatched between late November and April when dormant.

Having ordered we will acknowledge your order before being in contact as soon as we can from late November to arrange delivery or collection. Payment will not be taken until October.

 

  • Dymock Red

    Dymock Red

    £18.50

    Known and to be found in the area it is named after and in the Forest of Dean. Round in appearance with some elongation. Ripens to purple and is a good dual purpose plum, the yellow flesh becoming sweet.

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  • Rodley Blackjack

    Rodley Blackjack

    £18.50

    Known to be used in the past for dyeing, also as dessert plum and as a rootstock as it suckers readily.. Plums often round in shape, but sometimes elongated even flattened. Flesh green with a damson flavour.

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  • Rowles Pruin

    Rowles Pruin

    £18.50

    A dual purpose variety with green yellow flesh that is sweet but with a damson sharpness. Stone 'free'. Skin blue with a bloom that is easily rubbed away. Round in shape though a little longer than wide.

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  • Shit Smock

    Shit Smock

    £18.50

    The name suggests the effect of over consumption of this yellow green skinned dual purpose plum! Plums small, usually spherical and sweet with sharpness. Known in the Forest of Dean and in the Severn vale.

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  • Winterbourne Magnum

    Winterbourne Magnum

    £18.50

    A dual purpose variety still to be found in south Gloucestershire. Medium sized plums, oval in shape, ripening in mid August with purple to dark red skin and sweet yellow flesh. Also known as Frampton Magnum Plum.

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  • Michaelmas Damson

    Michaelmas Damson

    £18.50

    Produces small round dark purple damsons with an easily removed bloom. No more than 25mm/1" across. The greenish yellow flesh is sharply astringent so to use needs cooking. Fruit ripens in September.

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  • Smith's Pruin

    Smith's Pruin

    £18.50

    Produces ovate smallish plums with a dark red brown skin that are ripe around mid August. Plums have a bloom that is easily removed. Sweet flesh with the stone partially clinging.

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  • Sweet Damson

    Sweet Damson

    £18.50

    How can a damson be sweet? It sounds like an antithesis! Maybe called a damson because of the small fruit size. Elliptical in shape, the dark purple skin has sweet greenish yellow flesh beneath. Ripe from late August / early September.

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  • Old Pruin

    Old Pruin

    £18.50

    In the past quite common in Gloucestershire especially along the Severn. Smallish plums ovate in shape narrower around the stem basin. Skin reddish purple with a bloom. The flesh is green of plummy flavour with a clinging stone.

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Though the Vale of Evesham is now more well known for its plum growing few varieties actually arose in that area. Apart from egg plum - Yellow & Pershore the other varieties much grown were varieties in the boom years of the 19th century that would sell or jam well to supply nearby populated areas like Birmingham, South Wales. 

Gloucestershire has a large amount of varieties that originated mainly in the Severn vale and have not become well known outside that area. We speculate that these varieties would have been grown alongside some of the more well known varieties grown in the Vale of Evesham. However these 'native' varieties would not have spread far outside their area because they did not always have the desired qualities of other the more widespread UK varieties. Having said that Winterbourne Magnum is a quality plum, Old Pruin must have been popular being transported to Wales and how about a sweet damson! 

You can see that we have introduced a few more varieties for winter 2016/17. We will continue to grow such a wide selection, including on more vigorous Brompton rootstock aswell, if we have demand. It has taken some time to build up this selection - ensuring that material is healthy & disease free then bulking up to offer for sale. It is a case of use or loose!