Plum, 'Green Gage'
Variety description: An antique English plum that grows well over a wide range of climates. Greenish-yellow skin, with very sweet and juicy flesh. Self-fertile. Ripens in July.
The origins of this plum are somewhat murky, possibly originating in the Middle East. The history since 1724 is better documented, when Sir William Gage, imported the French plum 'Reine Claude' to England. The story goes that the tree lost their original labels in Gage's garden and were thus distributed as 'Green Gage.'
Read an ode to the greengage plum by self-styled 'fruit detective' David Karp here.
Site requirements: Full sun location. Plums will grow in a range of soil types provided the planting location is well drained. Soil pH of 6.0-7.0 is required.
Size at maturity: 12-15'.
Pests and diseases: Susceptible to Cytospora canker. Beware plum curculio.
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9.
Plant size: 1 year old grafted tree, 2-3' with strong central leader. Organically grown by Cricket Hill Garden, in compliance with CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge.
When we ship: Available for FALL 2017 shipping.