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Ariel plum

Ariel is a true European plum, but descended from a gage (Count Althann's gage).  Although gages are generally esteemed as having potentially the best flavour of all plum species, gage/plum crosses like Ariel can also be very good, with the plum flavour helping to cut through the tendency in some gages towards over-sweetness.

Last updated 22 Aug 2013.

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A dusky red gage-like plum with a superb flavour.

Ariel phototape


  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Parentage: Autumn Compote x Count Althann's Gage
  • Originates from: Sweden
  • Introduced: 1959
  • Developed by: SLU Alnarp
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1536


  • Fruit colour: Red / mottled
  • Fruit shape: Oval / round
  • Stone clinging?: Semi-clinging


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Exceptional
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days


  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Large


  • Canker  - Very susceptible


  • Fruit splitting  - Some susceptibility

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Ariel identification photos from official fruit collections

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