Plum - Utility

Utility Plum

Prunus domestica
A large red mid season dessert plum

Origin: Bedfordshire UK 1903

Pollination:  Utility is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

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Utility Plum Trees for sale - order online

We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.


History and description of Utility

Raised by Laxton Bros at Bedford, UK in 1903. Received RHS Award of Merit in 1917.

Medium large, oblong fruit. Reddish purple skin with a lighter red bloom and yellow dots. Greenish yellow, tender, juicy flesh. Fair flavour for a dessert plum.

Small tree. Good cropping. Very resistant to bacterial canker.



Main characteristics of Utility

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Large
Season of use  E Aug

Tree vigour  Small
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Bacterial Canker: Resistant

Pollination date  17
Pollination group  B
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Parentage  Jefferson