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Reine Claude de Bavay
A very good late ripening self-fertile greengage widely grown in France.
Origin: Belgium, 1832
Pollination: Reine Claude de Bavay is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop.
History and description of Reine Claude de Bavay
Reine Claude de Bavay was raised by Major Esperens at Malines, Belgium c 1832 from an open
pollinated Greengage. Named Bavay in honour of the Director of the Horticultural Station at
Vilvoorde. Brought to England by Thomas Rivers c 1846.
Medium sized, round oblong fruit. Light green skin turning pale yellow with many red and white dots.
Deep yellow, soft, juicy flesh. Rich, sweet gage flavour.
Small compact tree. Self-fertile but light cropping like most gages. Can be grown successfully in
most parts of the UK but best grown in a sheltered garden or on a south facing wall in colder regions.
Characteristics of Reine Claude de Bavay plum and gage trees