Green Gage plum trees are an old world European plum variety with excellent eating quality and culinary versatility. Trees biannually produce white blossoms followed by small, freestone, yellow-green fruit with a rich plum-honey flavor. Despite their almost un-ripe coloring and appearance, Green Gage plums are sweet and sugary without a trace of bitterness. Fruit ripens in early August.
Botanical name: Prunus domestica 'Italica'
- AKA: Reine Claude
Zone range: 5 - 9
- Size at maturity: 10 - 12' Tall X 10 - 12' Wide
- Harvest: Early August
- Sun level: Full sun
- Soil composition: Loamy
- Soil moisture: Well-drained
- Optimal soil pH: 6.0 - 7.0
- Years to bear: 3 - 6
Self-pollinating. Pollinating partners of other varieties may also be desirable as to increase yield.
Green Gage plums were first cultivated in France as Reine Claude, after Queen Claude, from a plum native to Armenia. They were then introduced into England by Sir Thomas Gage in the early 16th century.