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  • Subject: [NAFEX] Green Gage plum
  • Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 13:45:33 -0500

I must admit to being ignorant about the niceties of Green Gage, in terms of taste. However, I tried some Green Gage at Vintage Virginia Apples and was very satisfied with the fruit. So now I have a tree from them - and great hopes. The description says the Reine Claude was renamed by the British in 1725 and that this is an ancient Armenian variety.

Barbara Rosholdt
Z7 Central Piedmont Virginia

Subject:[NAFEX] Green Gage plum
From:Alan Haigh <>
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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