Plum - Rivers Early Prolific

Rivers Early Prolific Plum

Prunus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

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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.



Main characteristics of Rivers Early Prolific

Use Culinary
Colour Blue
Flavour Sharp
Fruit size  Small
Season of use  L July

Tree vigour  Small
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Cropping Heavy
Suitable for Shade

Pollination date  20
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  CzarOlympiaPurple PershoreSanctus Hubertus
Other names  River's Early Prolific, Early Rivers