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Prunus domestica Opal

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Plum

A new self-fertile variety

A new, easy to grow, self-fertile variety of plum producing a heavy crop of delicious fruits in midsummer. The sweet, golden flesh parts from the stone easily; the skin is thin golden-green and flushed with red. Excellent straight from the tree or cooked and used in preserves. A small, spreading tree with dark green leaves and delicate pure white blossom in early spring.

Where?

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

How?

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.

Plums may have been one of the first fruits domesticated by humans and are used in a variety of ways throughout many countries

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, Autumn
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 450 cm
Plant width 200 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

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, Ideal for walls & trellis & arches & pergolas

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting August - September
Cropping August - September

Typically available

From January to December