Plum 'Czar' - Bush (VVA-1 Rootstock)

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Plum
Enjoy a bumper crop of beautiful blue-skinned plums which can be eaten fresh or used to make delicious puddings or jam. 
A dual purpose plum with a long cropping season, Prunus domestica 'Czar' can be picked in early August when the skins are blue and the taste is perfectly tart for use in making delicious cooked puddings and jams. Leave them to ripen for longer on the tree to fully ripen and they develop a dark, almost black hue as well as a wonderful sweetness and juicy texture meaning they can be enjoyed as a tasty snack when picked fresh. This attractive and reliable tree has won awards for its outstanding garden performance and high yields, making it an extremely popular choice for gardens up and down the country. It boasts attractive looks too, flourishing with a brilliant burst of white blossom in the spring to welcome the start of the season. Low maintenance and easy to grow, it adds year-round structure to the garden, as well as a lovely natural habitat for wildlife. Perfect for wildlife friendly or domestic gardens as well as orchards.
A sturdy and reliable tree which thrives in most locations, providing a rewarding crop of tasty plums as well as ornamental appeal.

Key Features

Plant Type: Fruit
Hardiness: H4: Hardy - Average Winter (-10C to -5C)
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): 5m x 4.5m (5-10 years)
Pot Size: 12 litre
Rootstock: VVA-1
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: White
Fragrant Flower: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Plants for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Acid, Chalky, Clay, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist, Moist but Well Drained, Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Containers, Urban Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Wildlife Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer
Flowering (from - to): April - May

Plant Care & Advice

Plum trees are happiest in a sunny, sheltered site and in soil which is not too dry in summer. Happy in most soil types as long as they are not wet in winter, best on slightly alkaline soils or chalk. Give this tree room to spread its branches and it will reward you with a reliable crop each year. Dig a hole which is deep and wide enough to fit the entire root system. Add well rotted manure or garden compost to the hole  before planting. Choose the best side of the tree to face into the garden and position into the hole, then backfill with soil and firming down. Keep a 50cm diameter area around the base of the tree free of weeds for at least the first year. Stake the tree whilst it is young to help prevent it from leaning. It's worth protecting the trunk of the tree with a rabbit guard if rabbits regularly visit your garden. 

Water in after planting and keep well watered throughout the first year, particularly when the tree is carrying fruit.

Feed with a suitable fertiliser each spring for the first few years. Prune if necessary in late summer after the fruit has been picked. Remove dead branches first, then any branches which are crossing over or rubbing on each other to create an airy, open framework. The new growth can be reduced by about a third if a more compact shape is desired. Cover the blossom when spring frosts threaten.

Delivery and returns

Delivered direct from Frank Matthews who deliver once a week. Orders placed by 12pm Monday will be delivered the same week, usually on a Wednesday or Thursday.