duo cordon - plum 'Victoria' & gage 'Cambridge Gage'
duo cordon plum
- Position: full sun
- Soil: will tolerate most soils, except very chalky or badly drained
- Rate of growth: slow growing
- Ultimate size on St Julian A rootstock: 4 x 4m (13x13ft)
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A single stemmed duo cordon has two different varieties grafted (one on top of the other) onto a single rootstock. Both of these are compatable pollinating partners, so there is no need to plant another tree nearby. They are ideal in smaller gardens and can even be grown in large pots, provided you make sure they are kept well fed and watered. This tree will produce both a plums and a greengages - see below for variety details.
- plum 'Victoria'A reliable, self-fertile plum which produces a heavy crop of large, pale red fruit with golden-yellow flesh, which can be used for cooking, canning, bottling or just eating fresh. The single, white flowers are produced in spring and fruiting picking can start in late August. It is one of the most popular plum trees available.
- greengage 'Cambridge Gage'Reliable, heavy cropping gage that is similar to the old 'Greengage' variety. Single, cup-shaped white flowers appear in late spring, followed by yellow-green fruit with a superb, juicy flavour, which are ready for picking in early September. A good, vigorous grower.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker.