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Prunus domestica 'Laxton's Delight' (D) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy, Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

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 'Laxton's Delight'

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

Plum 'Laxton's Delight' bears large, yellow, juicy and sweet fruits of rich flavour from mid to late August. Produces good, regular crops and is partly self-fertile

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 or Acid
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting onto rootstocks for fruit

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning plums; 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