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Count Althann's gage gage

Count Althann's gage is a true gage, with an excellent flavour, less cloying than some gages.

It is somewhat unusual amongst gages in that the green skin colour traditionally associated with green gages is replaced almost entirely by a dusky red/mauve colour with a heavy bloom.  This colouration is inherited by one of its offspring, Ariel (as is the excellent flavour).

It is also widely known as Reine Claude dAlthann and Reine Claude Conducta.

The pedigree of Count Althann's gage is unknown, but it was raised in the 1850s in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) by the gardener of Count Althann.

Last updated 05 Oct 2013.

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An unusual red/blue-coloured gage from Bohemia, with a very good flavour.

Count Althann's gage phototape


  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Parentage: Green gage
  • Originates from: Bohemia, Czech Republic
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Developed by: Hr. Prochasta, gardener to Count Althann of Swoyschitz
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1537


  • Fruit colour: Red / mottled
  • Fruit shape: Round / indented
  • Stone clinging?: Free stone


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Gage-like
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days


  • Cropping: Light
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
  • General disease resistance: Average
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899


  • Silverleaf  Chondrostereum purpureum  - Some susceptibility
  • Plum pox virus (Sharka)  - Some resistance

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Also known as

  • Reine Claude Conducta

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The following Count Althann's gage trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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United Kingdom





Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • 1st May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom
  • 30th April  2013  - tree owned by Johan in GENT, Belgium

2012 season

  • 4th April  2012  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom
  • April  2012  - tree owned by Johan in GENT, Belgium

2011 season

  • 7th April  2011  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 19th April  2010  - tree owned by Johan in GENT, Belgium

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2013 season

    2012 season

      2011 season

      • 3rd week July  2011  - tree owned by Bas in Stevensweert, Netherlands

      2010 season

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