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Opal Plum tree

Owner: Ute

Location:  Kilfenora, CLARE, Ireland

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:St. Julien A (?)
Soil:Grey-brown podzolic 
Climate at this location:Cool temperate, sheltered east side of drumlin
Pruning:Yes
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Organic treatments
Pesticides:Un-treated

Owner's comments

Planted in 2000. Sheltered position but perhaps a bit too much shade from shelter belt/trees. Very reluctant to fruit. Ground is kept clear and manured by chickens. First small crop in 2011, first fruit ripening in late July.

Season records for this tree

  • 2012

  • 2011

    Harvest: 1st week August
    First small crop this year
  • 2010

  • 2009


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