Plum - Quetsche d'Alsace

Quetsche d'Alsace Plum

Prunus domestica
The best known of a group of very popular European plums known as Quesche in France and Zwetschen in Germany.

Origin: Asia 1600

Pollination:  Quetsche d'Alsace is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Plum Trees

Quetsche d'Alsace 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
VVA-1 - Dwarfing   2 years Bush
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S-766 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
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St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
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Brompton - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
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Brompton - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
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History and description of Quetsche d'Alsace

Quetsche d'Alsace is a member of a family of plums known as the German Prunes believed to be an ancient group of plums of Asian origin known to the Romans. They were first recorded in Germany in the 17th Century. The common currently used names in German (Zwetsche) and French (Quetsche) date from the late 18th century. They are widely grown and very popular in Central Europe and France.

A small plum with a distinctive irregular oval shape with a belly on one side and quite a pointed end. Blue-black skin with a bloom. Very late ripening. Firm golden yellow flesh. Free stone. Very pleasant mixture of sweet flesh and sharp skin when ripe. Keep their shape when cooked and so are very polpular in Continental Europe for making plum tarts. Also excellent for drying. Fruit hangs well on the tree.

Moderately vigorous compact tree with twiggy branches. Fairly good cropper but slow to come into cropping.

Main characteristics of Quetsche d'Alsace

Use Culinary
Colour Blue
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Season of use  L Sep

Tree vigour  Moderate
Cropping Good
Suitable for Late Frost

Pollination date  27
Pollination group  E
Self fertility  Self Fertile
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Other names  Zwetsche