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One of the most popular cooking plums. Excellent colour and flavour.

Origin: Hertfordshire UK, 1871

Pollination: Czar is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop.  Pollination partners

Czar plum and gage trees for sale

VVA-1 rootstock 2 year Bush (Dwarfing) £34.50 Sold-out
St Julien A rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-vigorous) £22.50 Sold-out
St Julien A rootstock 2 year Fan Trained (Semi-vigorous) £55.50 Sold-out
St Julien A rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-vigorous) £34.50 Sold-out
Brompton rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £22.50 Sold-out

History and description of Czar

Czar plum was raised from a cross between Prince Englebert and Rivers Early Prolific by Thomas Rivers, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, UK in 1871. As the Russian Emperor was on a visit to the UK at the time the variety was named Czar in his honour. It became an established commercial variety in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

Medium sized, oval-oblong fruit. Blue-black bloomy skin. Tender yellowish green flesh. Pleasant sharp flavour. Usually considered as a cooking plum but sweet enough when ripe to make a good dessert plum. Stone is small and free. Can be tough skinned.

Compact hardy tree suitable for most parts of the UK and areas subject to spring frosts. It is also suitable for locations with heavy and acid soils.It tollerates shade and can be grown on a North facing wall. Heavy reliable cropping. Large attractive blossom. Susceptible to Silver Leaf.

Characteristics of Czar plum and gage trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking time
Season of useE Aug
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habit
Disease resistanceSilver Leaf - Susceptible
Bacterial Canker - Slightly resistant
Suitable forLate Frost
Northern Britain
Pollination date22
Pollination groupD
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentagePrince Englebert
Rivers Early Prolific
ProgenyBlue Tit
Ruth Gerstetter

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