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Purple Gage Plum

European Plum


Fruit ripening time: Late February – Early March


A good quality fruit with an intense sweet flavour, rich and sugary and reminiscent of the Greengage.


A small to medium sized, round fruit. The skin has a lovely violet-purple colour, and the flesh is greenish-yellow, firm and highly flavoured. A free-stone variety. More resistant to cracking during wet summers than Greengages.


The tree is moderately vigorous.


Uses: Excellent fresh eating. Also great for preserves and baking.


Storage: Plums generally have a short storage time once they are ripe and are best kept refrigerated. However, the fruit will ripen on the tree over a period of 1 to 2 weeks, ensuring the fresh fruit can still be enjoyed for a good length of time.


Purple Gage is partially self-fertile. However, crop yield is increased when a suitable pollinator is present. Flowering Group 3.


Pollinators: Angelina, Coe’s Golden Drop, D’Agen, Greengage, King Billy, President, Victoria


Tree Size: Approximately 3 - 5 m tall and 4 m wide, depending on the shape.


Tree Care:

For best results plant in full sun, in fertile, free draining soil, preferably a friable loam with good aeration.


If the soil is free draining, dig a hole twice the size of the root ball, plant the tree so the top of the root ball is level with the soil line and back fill with a soil and compost mixture. If the soil is not free draining, plant the tree in a raised mound of soil and compost mix, to prevent water logging.


Choose a sheltered position, out of strong winds.


Water in well at planting, and water regularly, especially in dry spells. Young trees will benefit from being mulched. Apply mulch in a ring around the tree base, keeping clear of the trunk.


Plums are produced on spurs on 2-year and older wood. Prune in dry weather in winter, to shape your tree and develop a good framework. 

Purple Gage Plum


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