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Prunus domestica 'Marjorie's Seedling' (C) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible) or Tree

Habit

Bushy, Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Blue 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 'Marjorie's Seedling'

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

'Marjorie's Seedling' is a reliable and vigorous cultivar with an upright habit. Heavy crops of juicy, blue fruits can be harvested from late September to October; these are good for jam. Self-fertile and in pollination group 5, it should escape spring frosts

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow plums in a moist, but well-drained soil. An acidic soil (pH 6-6.5) is ideal. Keep a weed-free area of at least 60cm radius around trunk. Fruit thinning can be done if necessary. Irrigate in dry periods. Less susceptible to frost damage than many other cultivars

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral or Acid
  • Loam, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting onto a rootstock for fruit

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Plum pruning - regular pruning required in summer, according to tree form. Plums can be grown as cordons, pyramids, bushes, or as trees

Pests

Plums suffer from plum aphid, caterpillars, fruit tree red spider mite, brown scale, plum moth and bullfinches may be problematic

Diseases

Susceptible to silver leaf, bacterial canker and brown rot