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Plum trees

by Diane - September 15th, 2015.
Filed under: Suttons Seeds.

The best time to plant a fruit tree was 10 years ago, the next best is today.
Order a plum tree from suttons and start growing fruit at home. It’s easy!

Pluot Tree – Flavor Supreme
This exceptional hybrid produces a heavy crop of large fruits with firm, richly-flavoured, dark red flesh and greenish-maroon mottled skin. Superior to any early season plum, which often have a tart aftertaste, it instead has the aroma of the apricot that forms one half of its parentage. Harvest in September and early October. Grown on seedling peach rootstock, providing a medium-sized tree. Pollination group 5.

Aprium Tree – Cot’n Candy
Strong growing trees producing a bountiful September harvest of delicious fruit that boast crunchy, almost white flesh with a very sweet and aromatic flavour. The trees are grafted onto seedling peach and are self-sterile, so will need an early flowering plum (such as Beauty) to pollinate them. (Aprium is a cross between apricot and plum.) Pollination group 5.

Plum Tree – Beauty
‘Best seller’! A wonderful ‘asian’ plum, which is very different from other varieties. It’s very early – pick in mid July – and gives a huge crop of purple fruits. But it’s the taste and texture that’s really different – you will get an explosion of juice and candy-like sweetness with very little acidity. Trees are easy to grow and self-fertile. Our trial trees were in bloom in January and withstood 4 of frost! Grown on St Julien A rootstock which is semi-dwarfing, providing a medium sized tree of 2.2-5m (7-8′). Pollination group 4.

Hedgerow Collection – Wildlife-friendly
Hedgerows provide food and shelter for many insects and birds. The greater the variety of shrubs and trees, the more wildlife will be attracted. Different blossoms at different times provide nectar over a longer period, and so support more wildlife. Berries and fruit-bearing trees are an important food source for many birds during the winter, especially when the ground is too frozen to hunt for worms or snails, and there are few insects about. As well as the many native berry-bearing species as the haws (from the hawthorn), attractive shrubs like cherry plum, hazel and crab apple are especially good for a wide range of birds.Winter is the best time to plant fruit and berry bearing trees and bushes in the garden so why not consider this Wildlife Hedgerow? With 5 sloes, 3 hazels, 1 cherry plum and 1 crab apple, you can create a 4m long hedge in your garden that will look great, and that birds and wildlife will love.CRAB APPLE (Malus sylvestris) – This is a lovely flowering species with white, pink-tinged blossom in spring, followed by small sharp-tasting fruit. If the birds don’t get the apples first, you could try making a crab apple jelly. 1 plant. HAZEL (Corylus avellana) – A fast-growing deciduous hedging plant, covered in yellow catkins from January to March. Its soft, rounded leaves turn an attractive orange-gold in autumn, and the tasty nuts ripen in September and October. 3 plants.CHERRY PLUM (Prunus cerasifera) – A deciduous hedging plant reaching 6-15m tall. One of the first trees to flower in spring, its white flowers appear from mid February. Fruit reaches maturity in late summer/early autumn. Recommended by the RHS as an attractant and nectar source of bees and other beneficial insects.Delivered as bare root plants. 1 plant.SLOE (Prunus spinosa) – A British native form of wild plum, bearing numerous blue-black fruits which are bitter to taste, but make the most marvellous liqueur when soaked over winter in gin! The spiny plants are quite spectacular in late winter when smothered in brilliant white blossom. 5 plants.All these trees can be maintained at a manageable height.

Cherry Tree – Summer Sun
Pretty blossom in early spring will develop in late July, into succulent plump cherries. The cherries are delicious picked fresh from the tree or can be harvested and prepared for that special dessert. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Pollination group 5.Given that cherries are such a well loved fruit, it’s surprising that they are not more widely grown in our gardens. Grown on Colt rootstock, giving a very productive tree with good fruit size, but compact growth so it can be grown in a small space, either free-standing or trained against a wall or fence. Supplied as a bare root tree. Full growing instructions included.

Plum Tree – Victoria
Our best seller! Deservedly the most popular and most widely planted plum in Britain. Delicious eaten fresh off the tree, it also cooks well. Reliable and very heavy cropping. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.

Plum Tree – Yellow Pershore
Second in popularity only to Victoria. Yellow bloomy skin. Firm, dry yellow flesh. Plum Yellow Pershore is reliable and self fertile. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.