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Prunus domestica 'Oullins Gage' (C/D) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree or Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Green and Yellow in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

plum 'Oullins Gage'

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

'Oullins Gage' is a reliably fruiting self-fertile dessert gage to 2.5-4m in height depending upon the rootstock. White flowers, yellow-green fruit in mid August

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Suitable for all training forms. Keep a weed-free area of at least 60cm radius around trunk. Thin fruits if necessary. Irrigate in dry periods. Flowers early, so at risk from spring frosts

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting onto a clonal rootstock. The rootstock used with effect the size of the plant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Cottage/Informal Garden or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Regular pruning required according to tree form

Pests

Can get aphids, caterpillars, fruit tree red spider mite, brown scale, plum moth and bullfinches

Diseases

May be affected by silver leaf