Willingham Greengage Trees

General Info Pollinator, Self fertile
Shade Full Sun
Area Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained
Pollination Group Pollination Group C
Fruiting Mid Season Fruiting
Type Cooking, Eating

Prunus domestica Willingham

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Willingham Gage Trees

A traditional English greengage, Willingham is one of the most popular varieties in the UK. Its fruits are deliciously sweet, with the flavour of melon, ripening from early to late August, and best eaten fresh off the tree, although they will keep for a few days (if you can leave them that long!). They're also delicious made into jam or compote. The white blossom appears in spring.

We have more gage trees, other plums, or browse all of our fruit trees.


  • Size: up to 3.5m (11ft) eventually, although often smaller
  • Use: eating, fresh, or in jams
  • Colour: green
  • Taste: Sweet, melon-like
  • Pollination: Mostly Self-fertile
  • Pollination Group 3
  • Picking: Mid-August

Growing Willingham Gages

Willingham is in pollination group 3 and partially self-fertile, which means it will crop more heavily and more reliably if there is a different variety of plum or greengage nearby for cross-pollination, which is rarely a problem as it will pollinate with all kinds of nearby plums and damson. If in doubt, plant with another greengage, such as Reine Claude de Bavay. Greengages like a little richness to the soil, so dig in plenty of manure before planting.

Did You Know?

Experts believe Willingham is probably a 19th century seedling of Old Green Gage, and therefore a cousin of Cambridge Gage, hence the outstanding flavour. It's found wild in the hedgerows around Willingham in Cambridgeshire.

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    and incl. 7.5L)


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*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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