Greengage Plum Trees

Prunus greengage


The Greengage Tree is not a heavy cropper but one of the best eating plums around. Greeny yellow fruit with a delicate firm flesh come in . A sturdy smallish bushy tree prefer a drier warmer climate and can be grown in pots to restrict their growth.


Botanical name

Prunus greengage

Approx height when sent

1.5 – 1.75 metres 10L VVA1 (Dwarf), 1.75 – 2 metres 10L St Julian A, 1.75 – 2 metres 15L pot 4 Year

When to plant



Old greengage isn’t a heavy cropper in most parts of Britain, but the fruit are widely considered to be one of the best eating plums. If you are looking to add a real delicacy to your fruit collection, we think that this tree is a must have.

• Self fertile.
• Crops in August.
• Pollination group D

Growing Old Greengage Plum Trees:
We recommend this tree for gardens South of Liverpool. It will grow happily further North, but the crops will be a bit disappointing unless the summer is really sunny.
Rich soil is important – dig in plenty of good manure and compost before planting.
Soil drainage must be good.
The more sun your trees get the better your crops will be.

Pests: Old Greengage is a magnet for birds and wasps. It’s easy to keep the birds off, you just need to net the trees. The worst wasp attacks can be avoided by picking the fruit as soon as they are ripe, but if you need full protection the best thing to do is to use old pairs of nylon tights to gently cover the bunches of gages. It usually helps if you give them a good stretching first. Use soft garden string to close the ends of the tights around the branch and your crop will be safe.

Pollination Partners for Old Greengage:
Your trees must be pollinated to make fruit. Your trees are in pollination group D, which means that they will cross pollinate with trees in groups C, D and E of our plum tree pollination table.


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