Plum Tree Pollination

posted this on 18 Jul 2016

Guide to Pollinating Plum Trees plum tree

Plums, Gages, Damsons, Mirabelles and Bullaces are all very closely related trees in the Group Prunus domestica.
They will all happily pollinate each other, when they are in flower at the same time.

How the plum pollination groups work:
A tree will cross-pollinate with trees in its own group and the groups next to it.
For Example:

  • A tree in group C will cross-pollinate with trees in groups B,C and D.

 

Name Use Harvest
Pollination Group
Fertility Colour
Jeffersons Dessert Late Aug
B
Non Self Fertile Green
Mirabelle Golden Sphere Dual Mid Aug
B
Partially Self Fertile Yellow
Mirabelle Ruby Dessert Late Aug
B
Partially Self Fertile Red-Purple
Coe's Golden Drop Dessert Late Sept
C
Non Self Fertile Yellow
Dennistons Superb Dessert Late Aug
C
Self Fertile Yellow
Rivers Early Prolific Culinary Late July
C
Partially Self Fertile Blue
Langley Bullace Culinary Late Sept
C
Self Fertile Blue-Black
Merryweather (Damson) Culinary Early Sept
C
Self Fertile Blue-Black
Opal Dessert Early Aug
C
Self Fertile Purple
Victoria Dual Late Aug
C
Self Fertile Red
Cambridge Gage Eat / Cook Mid August
D
Partially Self Fertile Green
Czar Culinary Early Aug
D
Self Fertile Blue
King Damson Culinary Mid Sept
D
Self Fertile Purple
Old Greengage Dessert Early Sept
D
Non Self Fertile Green-Yellow
Oullins Golden Gage Dual Mid Aug
D
Partially Self Fertile Yellow
Shropshire Prune (Damson) Culinary Early Sept
D
Self Fertile Blue-Black
Marjorie's Seedling Dual Late Sept
E
Partially Self Fertile Blue


Almost all the trees in the plum family that we grow are either reliably self fertile or at least partially self fertile, so pollination is much less of an issue with plums than with most other fruit trees.

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