The comprehensive resource for plums and orchards

Czar plum



Czar is a large dark black/purple early-season plum, with good astringency and useful for culinary purposes.  It can also be eaten fresh if you leave it to get fully ripe.  The blossom is a notable characteristic, being unusually large for a plum.

The Victorian fruit enthusiast and author Robert Hogg was sent some samples in August 1874 by the growers, Rivers of Sawbridgeworth.  This was the year of its first fruiting.  Hogg subsequently rated it as an "excellent plum".  Rivers named it Czar in honour of the Czar of Russia, who visited England that year.

Czar soon become a popular garden plum in English gardens, being easy and reliable to grow (thanks in part to blossom which has some frost resistance), and producing good crops.  Although the flavour is not necessarily the best, it is one of the earliest culinary plums in the season.  The tree can also grow in partial shade and is hardy enough to tolerate north-facing situations.

Last updated 18 Aug 2012.

Rate this variety for flavor

Current rating: 3.2 out of 5. Total votes cast: 6
 


Add your comments about this variety

Have you tasted this variety ? Do you agree or disagree with our tasting notes ? Enter your comments below. Please tell us your name (just first name if you wish) and email address, and if possible the nearest city. Your name and location, but not your email address, may be published on this website. All comments are reviewed before publishing.

Your email   required
Name   required
City   optional
State / County   optional
Country    required
Comments
Password   Create a password for your account
Organisation   optional
Security question: What is the 1st or 2nd word of the name of this website (in big letters in the banner of this page)?
Answer
We send 2-3 newsletters per year, please let us know if you would like to receive them. Rest assured that we do not buy or sell email addresses - for more details see our privacy policy.
Newsletters

A popular and easy to grow culinary plum.

Czar phototape

Origins

  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Parentage: Prince Englebert fertilised by Rivers' Early Prolific
  • Originates from: United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1874
  • Developed by: Rivers of Sawbridgeworth
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1250

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Purple
  • Fruit shape: Oval / round
  • Stone clinging?: Free stone

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Harvest period: Early-Mid season Early August
  • Use / keeping: 1 week

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Attractive features: Attractive tree
  • Attractive features: Attractive blossom
  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
  • General disease resistance: Average

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993

Disease resistance

  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Silverleaf  Chondrostereum purpureum  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Offspring of this variety:

Czar identification photos from website visitors


Czar
Czar


Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Czar trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

You can also view these trees on a map.

United Kingdom

Ireland



Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 21st April  2012  - tree owned by Nickkk in OLDHAM, United Kingdom
  • 13th April  2012  - tree owned by Peter in EYE, United Kingdom

Record your blossom dates in our Fruit Tree Register - more >>.

Latest harvest records for this variety

2012 season

    Plum, gage, damson trees

    The following fruit tree nurseries offer Czar plum trees for sale:

    Where to buy plums to eat

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.





    Sign in | Register

    Varieties you viewed


    Top 10 Varieties

    Top 10 highest ranked varieties

    Top 10 most voted on varieties


    Events


    ©2014 Orange Pippin Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Website by: Amarsys and Black Twig
    You may not reproduce any of the content of this website withour our express permission.
    We do not accept any liability for loss or damage incurred as a result of any errors in the content of this website.