Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Green Gage Plum

The Green Gage (Prunus domestica) is an European plum variety. European plums bloom later than Japanese or American - Hybrid types, and more often produce fruit in late frost prone areas. Green Gage plums are considered the ideal desert fruit in Europe. Green Gage has been grown in France and England since the 1700’s and is described as the best flavored of all plum varieties. Green Gage plums produce smaller trees with low branches and rounded form, but branches can be pruned as desired. Leaves are an attractive dark green with an almost glossy appearance.

Green Gage Plums are green to yellow-green when fully ripe.

Fruit ripens from mid-July through early August in the Los Lunas, New Mexico area. Fruit fully ripens on the tree and can be picked directly from the tree for a delicious snack.

Green Gage plums are small typically 1.5” to 2” in diameter and the fruit is freestone.

Green Gage plums make the ideal snack for lunches, after school, or anytime. The fruit is sweet and juicy, often described as having a rich, confectionary flavor.

Green Gage plums are self-fertile and hardy to USDA Zone 5. Plum trees require regular water for growth and fruit production.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information, availability, and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

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