By: Mary Ellen Ellis
A plum tree is a great addition to a backyard orchard, providing shade and tasty fruit. Pershore plums shine in the kitchen; they are transformed by cooking and baking and add great flavor to any recipe calling for plums.
About Growing Pershore Plums
If you have been looking for the right plum tree for your yard, the Pershore has a lot to offer. Pershore plums in gardens provide a nice, shade-giving fruit tree with spring flowers, and pretty, bright yellow fruits in the fall. There is also a purple Pershore variety, but the yellow cultivar is the original Pershore, dating back to 1800s England.
Also known as the yellow egg plum, yellow Pershore plums are not fruits that should be eaten fresh, which is an important consideration for the home gardener. But, if you want a plum that is great for baking, canning, making jam, or even stewing, this is a great choice. While the flavor of the fresh plum is mostly acidic, when cooked, the fruit transforms and produces a sweet, delicious taste.
Pershore Plum Tree Care
Before planting your new Pershore plum tree, find the best spot. The tree will need six to eight hours of sunlight and soil that drains well and that is fertile. Amend the soil if necessary to ensure it will drain and is rich enough.
Pershore is self-pollinating. You won’t need another plum nearby to set fruit, but consider planting another variety for fresh eating and a greater yield on both trees.
Fertilize in the spring for the first couple of seasons and water regularly during the first growing season. Later, water the tree only when rainfall falls below an inch per week.
Prune your tree each year to maintain a good shape and healthy branches. Once established, care for a Pershore plum tree is not demanding. It has good resistance to two major diseases of plum trees: silverleaf and canker.
Keep your tree healthy and it will reward you with an abundance of fruit for years.
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This variety suffers from remarkably few pests or diseases but if your tree has problems then consult our pest and disease page.
Belle de Louvain is available occasionally in larger garden centres and those which specialise in fruit trees. It is not normally available in supermarkets and diy centres. It is widely available online and we would recommend Ashridge Nurseries who, from our own personal experience, have good prices, prompt delivery and offer a personal service if you have any queries. Click here for the page where they sell this variety.
USE: Both eating and cooking and it does a supremely good job at both
SKIN COLOUR / TEXTURE: Skin is yellow very slightly flecked with reds and browns. A very attractive fruit
FLESH COLOUR: Yellow / orange
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Firm when picked early as a cooker, sweet and delicious when allowed to ripen
FRUIT SIZE: Slightly below average, great for kids and adults
TREE SIZE: Slightly larger than average depending on rootstock and conditions
REGULARITY OF CROPPING: Very regular with a heavy crop
POLLINATION: Group 2, self-fertile
AWARDS: None known
SPECIAL FEATURES: Multi-purpose plum with superb fruits, good disease resistance especially to bacterial canker
FLOWERING AND FRUITING TIMES:
The average flowering time (optimum time for pollination) and date when fruits are ripe in the UK for the Warwickshire Drooper tree are set out below. If you have set your home town we can give you a more accurate estimate, if you have not set your home town (do it now by clicking here) the dates below will be the average for the UK.
Your town has not been set, the average main flowering time for Warwickshire Drooper in the UK is the second week of April. Fruit will be ready for picking in the last week of August. Click here if you want to set the dates to your home town.
Flowering and fruit picking dates vary according to the weather in any particular growing season so the above dates may well change slightly from one year to the next. The flowering date above is when the plum tree produces the maximum number of blossoms, it will also produce blossom, although less, a week or two either side of the date given.