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Prunus domestica Old Green Gage



Considered to be the most delicious of all the plums this classic old variety produces heavy crops of fairly small rounded green fruits that flush gold as they ripen. The dense, juicy flesh is very sweet and delicious and the ripe fruits are wonderfully aromatic. A plum to enjoy straight from the tree: one fruit will never be enough! A small, spreading tree with dark green leaves and delicate pure white blossom in early spring.


Plant in full sun in an open but sheltered situation. Can be grown with other fruit trees or as a small ornamental tree.


Any well-drained fertile soil; best on slightly alkaline soils or chalk. Prune if necessary in summer after the fruit has been picked, never in winter. Stake and tie securely when planting. Fruit may need protection from birds and wasps.

The greengage is an enduringly popular variety, revered since Victorian times

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Summer
Flowering March - April
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 300 cm
Plant width 200 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From January to December