When you bite into a really delicious yellow plum from the market, there is a good chance that it is a Coe's Golden Drop. The large, oval fruit are radiant yellow inside and out with a gorgeous flavour that has a hint of apricot. They are a venerable English plum and have been sold commercially here for two hundred years. They have lovely firm flesh and are equally good right off the branch or preserved as a jam or prune.
Golden Drop's History and Parentage
In the early 1720's, Sir William Gage of Bury St Edmunds received a shipment of plum trees with very sweet green fruit from France. Somewhere along the line, these acquired the now famous name, Green Gages. Jervaise Coe became the estate's gardener and during the late 1700's used the Green Gage to create his Golden Drop and other varieties. In this case he crossed it with Dame Aubert or White Magnum Bonum, a good-sized, juicy yellow plum that lacks much flavour. The Golden Drop proved to have the best of both fruits and is grown by farmers to this day.
plum Tree Pollination guide for Coe's Golden Drop
Coes Golden Drop is not self fertile and requires the pollen from another plum tree that is in flower at the same time, from mid-April. plum trees flower for a short time, typically 10-14 days, so the match has to be precise. We recommend the especially tasty Dennistons Superb which is in bloom at the same time. You can get picking by late September.
Care must be taken when planting plum trees, they are quite particular with regards to positioning and require summer pruning to reduce the risk of their contracting silver leaf fungus.
Please note that our bushes and half standards are on St Julien A rootstocks while our maidens are on Pixy rootstocks which we believe is a better rootstock for this variety if you want to train a fan or espalier.
Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order. Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest. You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.