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Old Greengage

The most popular of the greengages considered by many as the finest gage.

Origin: Armenia,

Pollination: Old Greengage is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Old Greengage plum and gage trees for sale

VVA-1 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing)*Reduced price* £12.75 Sold-out
VVA-1 rootstock 2 year Bush (Dwarfing) £29.50 Sold-out
VVA-1 rootstock 2 year Fan Trained (Dwarfing) £48.50 Sold-out
WA-VIT rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing)*Reduced price* £12.75 Sold-out
St Julien A rootstock 2 year Fan Trained (Semi-vigorous) £48.50 Sold-out
St Julien A rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-vigorous) £29.50 Sold-out
Brompton rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £19.00
Brompton rootstock 2 year Standard (Very vigorous) £29.50 Sold-out

*Reduced price trees have not grown sufficiently to meet our standard specification, and are therefore offered at a lower price. They should still become fully developed trees but may take a bit longer.

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History and description of Old Greengage

Greengages are believed to be very old and to have come to Western Europe from Armenia. They are believed to have been introduced to France during the reign of Francois I (1494-1547) where they were given the name Reine Claude after his wife. Greengages probably first arrived in Britain from Italy as the first records dated 1629 refer to them as Verdoch, a name derived from the Italian Verdocchia. They were later named Green Gage after Sir William Gage who introduced them from France sometime before 1724 and planted them in his garden Hengrave Hall, Bury St Edmunds. Greengages have been the most highly prized plums throughout Europe and have been widely grown ever since their introduction.

Medium sized, round fruit. Green bloomy skin turning yellowish when ripe Often mottled with red and bearing grey russet dots. Greenish yellow succulent flesh. Very rich sweet flavour. A delight to eat.

Trees are of moderate vigour. Cropping is regrettably light and unreliable in the UK. The crop is also prone to wasp attack.

Characteristics of Old Greengage plum and gage trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking time
Season of useE Sep
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habit
Suitable forLate Frost
Pollination date22
Pollination groupD
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyBlue Tit
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Late Greengage
Laxton's Gage
Transparent Gage