Plums, Gages & Damsons Cooking Eating Early Fruiting
Pollination Group C Pollinator Self fertile
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These plums were named in honour of the Russian Emperor Alexander II, who had visited England in May of 1874, while the first crop was beginning to grow. There is no record of him eating one, although it is possible that he could have received a pie. A few years prior to that, Mr Thomas Rivers had planted his cross of Prince Englebert with Early Prolific. Englebert is quite similar to the Czarlarger and less potentand Early Prolific donated the same qualities for which it was named.
While it is often said that cross-pollinated trees produce a bigger crop and tastier fruit, Czar is fully self-fertile and crops reliably, aided by its comparatively hardy nature, in the face of frost. The white flowers in April would be ideal pollinators for a Greengage which produces much sweeter fruit to contrast with the Czar's lip-smacking sharp flavour. The two in the same plum pudding are a joy.
Plum trees require careful planting, positioning is important and there are some vital points about how to prune your tree, which can be vulnerable to silver leaf fungus unless you prune it in summer.
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