Plum - Kea

Kea Plum

Prunus domestica
An old local Cornish cooking plum

Origin: Cornwall UK

Pollination:  Kea is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Plum Trees

Kea Plum Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
S-766 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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Adaptabil - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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Brompton - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
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History and description of Kea

Arose probabably from a chance seedling from Kea near Truro, Cornwall, UK. It was traditionally propagated from suckers and grown locally in the Kea area. Both a red and blue-black variations of this variety have been known and are sometimes referred to as the Red Kea and the Black Kea respectively.

Small, oval-oblong fruit. Red, bloomy skin. Greenish yellow, juicy flesh. Clinging stone. Rather acid flavour. Useful mainly for jam making.

Vigorous tree. Good cropping.

Main characteristics of Kea

Use Culinary
Colour Red
Flavour Acid
Fruit size  Small
Season of use  M Aug

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Cropping Good
Suitable for Shade

Pollination date  21
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self Fertile
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