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  • From: Alan Haigh <>
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  • Subject: [NAFEX] Green Gage plum
  • Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 16:11:24 -0500

Trees sold as Green Gage are often misidentified in the trade and I have spent years tracking down a legitimate Reine Claude.  Miller's sold me a quantity of GG's that produced a mediocre (at best) extremely early purple plum.  I managed an orchard  that had ordered over 50 "Green Gages" from Adams County (usually a reliable source unlike Miller's IMO) that were some kind of Japanese green plum that they claimed when I called them was the "Japanese Green Gage".  They did not make this distinction in their catalogue.
Trees I have now are from Cummins nursery and Adams as they claim to have the real thing now and I believe them.  On the west coast I'd trust Trees of Antiquity and Raintree to sell you the real McCoy.
Do not judge prune plums by the quality of Stanley which is generally considered mediocre in quality but very reliable in northeastern conditions where I grow fruit (Z6, NY).  You have so many choices in the west coast that I don't know what would be best for you.  Maybe Autumn Sweet if you want intense sugar.  For an early Gage type, Oullins has very high quality.

  • [NAFEX] Green Gage plum, Alan Haigh, 11/29/2009

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