Frank P Matthews
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Plum trees produce hardy fruits that can be picked from early July to late September. For fresh eating and various culinary uses, they come in all shades of red, blue, purple and yellow. Large, round fruits are firm, sweet and refreshing. These delicious fruits can be used for cooking into lovely pies, jams and even tasty gins!
We grow our plums on a range of rootstocks, from VVA-1 to Brompton so there is one for every garden, even if your space is smaller. However, we do not recommend growing plums in pots. Some varieties are self fertile and therefore do not need a pollinating partner.
They include varieties mostly derived from Prunus domestica, the European plum and the occasional Prunus salicina, the Japanese plum. Spring is a good time to prune plum trees just after they have flowered which will encourage new, fresh growth.
One of the finest, quality desserts. Large, round-oval, red fruit. Strong tree, shy cropping in early years. Partially self-fertile.
Medium, dark purple plum with a sweet yellow flesh. Good for eating, cooking and bottling. Reliable cropper and self-fertile.
Large and heavy cropping eating plum. Self-fertile. Extended shelf life when fridge stored.
Large, blue plum, strong scented with excellent flavour. Keeps well. Partially self-fertile. Freestone.
Medium, blue-black, very early, freestone, golden flesh and excellent eating quality. Self-fertile.
Superb eating quality. Similar to Victoria, but larger, and picks one week earlier. Strong growing, self-fertile.
Very early dark purple-blue fruits with juicy yellow flesh. Very productive. Good shelf life, used for eating and cooking.
This plum is Victoria like in appearance but appearing much earlier in late July. Sweet and juicy.
One of the latest picking plums for September. Large and good quality purple fruit. Dual purpose. Good cropper.
One of the most reliable garden plums. Known as the early Victoria. A medium, reddish-purple fruit with superb flavour.
A good heavy cropping early season plum. Small bluish-purple. Good dessert variety when fully ripe. Self-fertile.
Medium sized, firm, juicy and very aromatic sweet yellow flesh. Disease resistant and suitable for organic growing.