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Denniston's Superb plum

Although usually classed as a plum, Denniston's Superb is clearly related to the Reine Claude group of plums also known as gages and has been classified as such in the past.  It is perhaps best considered as a gage-like plum.  The plums are fairly small, round, and green - just like a green gage.  Considered by the Victorian writer Hogg as "a first-rate dessert plum".  The flavor also has the honeyed-sweetness which is characteristic of gages.  The only downside is the skin, which can be slightly tough, and for cooking is best removed by blanching.

Although the fruit resembles a green gage, Denniston's Superb grows more like a plum tree, with good disease resistance and it is generally a good cropper.  This combination makes it a good choice for the gardener who wants gage-like fruit without the horticultural difficulties often associated with gages.

Last updated 13 Aug 2011.

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Visitor comments

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03 Aug 2012 
Exactly as described by others. "Superb" We have tried for many years to identify our tree, but even the experts at the Pershore Plum Festival were baffled. We found the tree in the walled garden at "Heligan" in Cornwall, took a note of it's name and the Internet confirmed all the characteristics

15 Aug 2011 
I have two Dennistons Superb trees. The fruit they produce is green until July but then turns a golden green/yellow, almost becomming translucent as the fruit ripens in early August. The ripe fruit can't really be described as green and the photo is of unripe fruit.

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A reliable gage-like green plum with a strong sweet flavour.

Denniston's Superb phototape


  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Originates from: Albany, New York, United States
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Developed by: Mr Isaac Denniston
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1534


  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Stone clinging?: Semi-clinging


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Harvest period: Early-Mid season


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters


  • Canker  - Very resistant

References and further reading about this variety

  • Horticulture week  2008
    Useful summary of flowering groups for many plums

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Denniston's Superb identification photos from website visitors

Denniston's Superb
Denniston's Superb

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • 25th March  2017  - tree owned by Georgia in LONDON, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 14th April  2016  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 3rd April  2014  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 2nd May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 3rd April  2012  - tree owned by Alan in CHIPPENHAM, United Kingdom
  • 28th March  2012  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 8th April  2011  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom
  • 12th March  2011  - tree owned by Alan in CHIPPENHAM, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 22nd April  2010  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 2nd week August  2017  - tree owned by Georgia in LONDON, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 3rd week August  2016  - tree owned by Andrew in POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom

2014 season

    2013 season

      2012 season

        2011 season

        • 2nd week August  2011  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom

        2010 season

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