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