President is a large blue/purple plum raised at the start of the 20th century by the Rivers Nursery, in Hertfordshire, England. It's is notable for its very large size, and for a long-time was one of the latest-ripening plums, providing fresh fruit at a time when most other plums were finished. This and its versatility for eating fresh or culinary use meant that it rapidly became popular, and is found in many old gardens and orchards throughout England.
The tree grows with a distinct upright compact shape, and is quite vigorous. Another notable feature is that the wood is quite brittle and coupled with its tendency to produce heavy crops means that branches can easily snap under the weight of fruit.
A popular dual-purpose English plum raised by the famous Rivers Nursery and notable for its large-size and purple skin.
- Species: Prunus domestica
- Originates from: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
- Introduced: 1901
- Developed by: Rivers Nursery
- Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 156400
- Fruit colour: Purple
- Flesh colour: Yellow
- Fruit size: Very large
- Fruit shape: Oval
- Stone clinging?: Free stone
- Good for eating fresh
- Good for cooking
- Flavour quality: Good
- Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
- Ripening period: Late season
- Use / keeping: 1 week
- Flowering period: Mid season
- Flowering group: 3
- Fertility: Self-sterile
- Vigour: Average growth
- Gardening skill: Average
- General disease resistance: Average
- Suitable for temperate climates
- Brown rot / blossom wilt Monilinia fructigena - Some resistance
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 President trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.
You can also view these trees on a map.
- Jacqueline Lawrence in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire
- Jason Gunter in BRIDGEND,
- Victoria Birkett in ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND
- Warren in GLASGOW, STRATHCLYDE
- Richard in KRAKOW,
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