Plum - Old Greengage

Old Greengage Plum

Prunus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Plum Trees

Old Greengage 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   1 year Maiden
VVA-1 - Dwarfing   2 years Bush
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VVA-1 - Dwarfing   2 years Fan Trained
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VVA-1 - Dwarfing   2 years Fan Trained *Reduced Price*
S-766 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained
St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained *Reduced Price*
St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
Brompton - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
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Brompton - Very vigorous   2 years Standard
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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.

Main characteristics of Old Greengage

Use Dessert
Colour Green
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Season of use  E Sep

Tree vigour  Moderate
Cropping Light
Suitable for Late Frost

Pollination date  22
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Blue TitBryanston Gage (?)Cambridge Gage (Firkins) (?)Cambridge Gage (Palmer) (?)Coe's Golden Drop (?)Count Althann's GageDenniston's SuperbLate Greengage (?)Laxton's GageMcLaughlin (?)Transparent Gage