Parentage: Prince Englebert x Early Rivers
Description: Czar is a culinary plum variety that crops heavily and reliably. The tree itself is compact in habit so perfect for small spaces or training as a cordon. Medium sized dark purple fruits that have a light blue bloom and very fine dots on the skin. Flesh is yellow green, not very sweet but quite a good flavour that's delicious when cooked into desserts, jams and cakes, also good for bottling. Clusters of stunning large white flowers in the spring.
History: Raised by Rivers of Sawbridge, Hertfordshire during the 19th Century. First fruited in 1871. Named in honour of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, who visited Britain in 1874, the last Russian head of state to visit before President Putin in 2003. Introduced in 1875. Recieved an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.