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Yellow Pershore Plum
Our Yellow Pershore Plum tree can also be known as Yellow Egg plum and "has roots" in the West Midlands. A plum tree that provides a reliable crop that is ideal for cooking and possibly eating. Although the Pershore Plum is listed as an eating plum, it is not as juicy as other plums. Cooking the Pershore Plum into a puree makes it ideal for jam or fillings and the fruits can be frozen.
Good resistance to plum diseases will offer peace of mind when purchasing and the blossom has some frost resistance qualities (incase you accidentally put in in the freezer!). These are just two if the reasons why Pershore or Yellow Egg Plum are grown commercially.
If you plan on storing the fruit then pick just before it is ripe and it will store for several weeks.
Pershore Yellow Plum trees were apparently found by chance in 1822 growing in Tiddesley Woods near Penshore, Worcestershire. We don't think this means someone called Chance found a plum tree in a large group of trees by accident shortly after 6.20pm.
Month of Picking: Mid to Late August
Type of Plum: Cooking Mostly
Fertility: This plum is self-fertile so no other plum is required to produce fruit
This plum is in flowering period C2 in case you have a non self-fertile plum tree that requires a pollination partner nearby. Pershore Plum will pollinate any other plum tree in flowering periods C1, C2 and C3.
This variety of plum tree is supplied in a 7-12 litre container, which means that the tree can be planted any time of the year and with better results than either bare-root or rootballed trees.
Lesser final heights can also be obtained by reducing container size or pruning.
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Take a look at our TOP SELLING FRUIT TREES, Wet ground issues then choose a PEAR TREE first, followed by APPLE TREES. For more information on pollination please look at POLLINATION EXPLAINED or choosing the CORRECT POLLINATION PARTNER
Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Fruit Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Growing Our Trees In The UK
To date, we have checked the passports of our trees and none seem to have sneaked off for non UK holidays so all are UK grown.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it.
Plum Tree Rootstocks explained
The root stock options listed for your plum tree are made up from the options listed below. These generally tell you the shape and size of your mature plum tree.
St Julien A: Roughly 45cm of clear stem and pruned to be more of a bush shape. Likely to flower more in the Spring. Expected final height of 3.6m.
Pixy: Pruned to be more of a bush shape. Expected final height of 3.0m. Considered semi-dwarf.
St Julien A (Half Standard): 1m of clear trunk and pruned to be a traditional tree shape. Ideal for gardens as this allows you to easily cut the grass and companion plant underneath if desired. Expected final height of 3.6m. Considered semi-vigorous.
Bush: Side branches start much lower down the trunk giving more of a bush shape.
V.VA1: Comparable to Pixy in terms of height and used by commercial growers. Final height around 2.5m. Ideal for small gardens.
3 Litre pots: 1-2 year old
7 Litre pots: A cheaper option but could be slightly thinner trunk and a little less developed due to roots being restricted. Generally 2 years old or more.
12 Litre pots: 2 years old or more.
Bare Root: Delivery from November to March only. Comes with roots exposed, no compost or pot. Much cheaper, must be planted before March and roots not allowed to dry out.
Maiden: 1 year old, little side branches, used as "blank slate" for training e.g. Espallier, Fan etc.
Important Plum Tree information
Plum fruit trees may not winter well if left in their containers and may die so you need to plant as soon as you get them especially if purchased between October and March. Keeping them protected in a heated conservatory or green house should solve this issue if you are not going to plant them.
Mirabelle Plum Pollination
Technically speaking it is possible to use Mirabelle plum trees to pollinate standard plum trees but has more risk than using a standard plum tree. If your plum tree is self-fertile, this of course is not an issue.