Plums

An expanding selection of Plum trees are offered for sale from dessert to culinary varieties. The Plum season lasts from July until September with most varieties ripening during August. There are Plum trees to buy to suit everyone. Choose from well known varieties such as Victoria to the less well known but just as desirable varieties. The different Plum trees for sale are detailed below and there is more information on plum trees and growing them at the bottom of this page.

All Plums are available as 'maidens' on moderate vigour St Julien A rootstock with a few available on more dwarfing Pixy.

Plums ripen from mid July into September. You may wish to choose a selection of trees and spread the picking time. These details are provided for each variety. You can see a summary on the 'Picking & Storage' advice 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 early 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.

  • Blaisdon Red

    Blaisdon Red

    £18.50

    A heavy fruiting culinary plum of good quality. Good disease resistance. Skin purple-red with golden coloured flesh.

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  • Blue Tit

    Blue Tit

    £18.50

    Produces round medium sized blue plums with a light blue bloom. Yellow flesh, quite juicy of good flavour. A cross between a Gage and a plum hence its quality of flavour. Reliable cropper and self fertile. A good garden variety. An English variety Introduced 1938. Rootstock availability: St Julien A & Pixy.

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  • Burbank

    Burbank

    £18.50

    Produces round plums are dark red with yellow mottling. The flesh is juicy, sharp but of good flavour and suitable for eating or cooking. Arose from a stone in 1883 in the US and is named after its original grower.

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  • Czar

    Czar

    £18.50

    This plum owes its name to the visit of the Tsar of Russia in 1874. Dark purple skinned fruits with yellow green flesh. Shape round / oval and of medium size. A culinary plum but very good as a dessert when ripe.

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  • Early Prolific

    Early Prolific

    £18.50

    One of the earliest plums. Very good as a dessert plum when ripe. Otherwise a good plum for cooking and making jam. Plums round oval dark blue with a heavy bloom and golden yellow flesh. Heavy cropping. Requires pollination. Raised by Thomas Rivers at his nursery in Hertfordshire about 1820. Rootstock: St Julien A

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  • Grove's Late Victoria

    Grove's Late Victoria

    £18.50

    A sport of Victoria that ripens later - about 10 days later. Has the same qualities as Victoria - an excellent dual purpose variety, large plums good to eat fresh. With its size good for cooking. Self fertile. Rootstock: St Julien A.

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  • Herman

    Herman

    £18.50

    A very early reliable dual purpose plum that can ripen from early July. Plums ripen to a blue/black colour with thick blue bloom. Greenish yellow flesh of good flavour. A variety to extend the plum season.

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  • Heron

    Heron

    £18.50

    A large, long, oval shaped purple plum with greenish yellow flesh of good quality. A reliable cropper. One of a selection of Plums raised by Rivers Nursery and named after birds. Rootstock: St Julien A.

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  • Kirke's BlueNEW!

    Kirke's Blue

    £18.50

    A very enjoyable late dessert plum. Medium sized plums dark purple when ripe with a thick blue bloom. The greenish yellow flesh is juicy which comes freely apart from its stone and is of excellent flavour.

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  • Marjories Seedling

    Marjories Seedling

    £18.50

    One of the latest cropping plums with large deep purple fruits with a blue bloom. Oval in shape. A dual purpose plum with greenish yellow flesh that is quite sweet. Regular and heavy cropping. A late flowering plum and is self fertile. Originated in Berkshire in 1912. Rootstock: St Julien A, Pixy & Brompton

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  • Opal

    Opal

    £18.50

    A medium sized reddish purple dessert plum of very good flavour. An early alternative to Victoria. A good reliable self fertile variety that produces a neat round headed tree. Bred at a Swedish Horticultural Research station in 1925. Rootstock: St Julien A.

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  • Pershore Emblem

    Pershore Emblem

    £18.50

    A new plum variety found in Pershore, Worcestershire. It produces plump dark purple skinned fruits with golden flesh in the early half of August. a very nice tasting dessert plum. The parent tree is some 15-20 years old. It grew from a stone with one of the parents likely to be Early Prolific. Rootstock: St Julien A

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The Plum season lasts from late July until September with most varieties ripening during August. Victoria followed by Marjories Seedling are the most likely varieties to be found in the shops in the UK. However there are many other plum trees to buy. Most varieties including Victoria are dual purpose, excellent eaten fresh or served cooked. Other Plums such as Yellow Egg the fruit are best cooked. The qualities of each variety are detailed above.

When choosing plum trees to buy bear in mind that they do flower earlier than other fruit trees. Colder weather can affect the flowers and young fruit and mean less pollination because of less bees working. Choose a sheltered site for good success. Though plum trees are mostly grown in southern Britain the trees can be successful in most parts of the UK with careful choice and local knowledge.

A number of plum tree varieties have the advantage of being self fertile. This can be of help if space is limited. They will usually have improved fruiting if they have a pollination partner nearby. Pollination can take place between varieties in the same or an adjacent pollination group. These details are provided for each variety. For an overall summary visit the pollination advice page.