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Rivers Early Prolific

A good dual purpose plum which lives up to its name by being both early and very prolific.

Origin: Hertfordshire UK, 1820

Pollination: Rivers Early Prolific is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.  Pollination partners

Rivers Early Prolific plum and gage trees for sale

VVA-1 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing) £19.00
VVA-1 rootstock 2 year Bush (Dwarfing) £29.50
WA-VIT rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing) £19.00
Adaptabil rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-vigorous) £29.50
Brompton rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £19.00 Sold-out
Brompton rootstock 2 year Standard (Very vigorous) £29.50 Sold-out

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History and description of Rivers Early Prolific

Early Proficic plum was raised by Thomas Rivers, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshires c 1820 from an open pollinated Precoce de Tours. Awarded a First Class Certificate by the RHS in 1895 it became established as a commercial variety in the UK.

Small to medium sized, round to oval fruit. Blue-black skin with a lavender bloom. Golden yellow, firm, juicy flesh. Free stone. Rich damson-like flavour. Can be sharp but usually quite sweet and pleasant as a dessert plum when fully ripe. Good as a cooking plum particularly for jam.

Small tree with pendulous habit. Branches tend to be slender and twiggy and are liable to break under the weight of a heavy crop. Cropping is good and often heavy. Will tollerate shade.

Characteristics of Rivers Early Prolific plum and gage trees

Fruit sizeSmall
Picking time
Season of useL July
Tree vigourSmall
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Suitable forShade
Pollination date20
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
Purple Pershore
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