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Coe's Golden Drop Plum

Prunus domestica
A very attractive yellow plum considered by many as the best flavoured of all plums.

Origin: Suffolk UK 1880

Pollination:  Coe's Golden Drop is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Plum Trees

Coe's Golden Drop 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 *Reduced Price*
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S-766 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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S-766 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
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Adaptabil - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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Adaptabil - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained
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Adaptabil - 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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Brompton - Very vigorous   2 years Standard
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History and description of Coe's Golden Drop

Coe's Golden Drop is the best known of several varieties produced by Jervaise Coe, a gardener at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in the late 18th Century. Coe believed the original seedling to have arisen from a cross between a Greengage and a White Magnum Bonum growing nearby. Was grown commercially in the UK.

Large, oval, fruit with a tapered neck to the stalk. Golden yellow skin with reddish brown specks and cinnamon bloom. Tender, juicy golden yellow flesh. Sweet with an excellent apricot flavour. Stone free. Keeps well after picking.

Moderately vigorous spreading tree. It is a light and erratic cropper needing good growing conditions and so only suitable for warm and sheltered locations.

Main characteristics of Coe's Golden Drop

Use Dessert
Colour Yellow
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Large
Season of use  L Sep

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Cropping Light

Pollination date  19
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Parentage  Old Greengage (?)White Magnum Bonum (?)
Progeny  Bryanston Gage (?)Laxton's IdealSevern CrossThames Cross
Sports  Crimson Drop
Other names  Bury Seedlng, Coe's Imperial, Coe's Plum, Fair's Golden, Golden Gage, King of Plums, Silver Prune