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Early Prolific plum



An attractive English plum, sometimes known as Early Rivers, or, mistakenly, as a "river plum".  Rivers' Early Prolific is, as the name suggests, an early and heavy-cropping plum.  Rated by the Victorian fruit enthusiast Hogg as "a great bearer, and very hardy, rarely ever missing a crop".

It is dual-purpose, but arguably better for culinary purposes.  (For dessert purposes, Opal is probably better).

Rivers' Early Prolific is easy to grow and crops reliably.

Last updated 02 Apr 2010.

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Current rating: 5.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 1
 

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24 Aug 2016 
Grown in our family for 3 generations as Early River. Original tree came from a Light Pass Orchardist. We are delighted to know it's history. Makes stunning dark jam and now fruit leather/rollups. Tough and heavy bearer.


29 Jul 2013 
This is an excellent early plum. Good cooked or as an eater. The flavour improves as they ripen.


05 Jul 2011 
I like this plum cooked. It is very tasty. I would like to grow it but am unable to find it



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Widely known as River's Early Prolific or Early Rivers after the Hertfordshire nusery where it was raised, as the name suggests, early and prolific!

Origins

  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Originates from: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1820
  • Developed by: Rivers of Sawbridgeworth
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1254

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Purple
  • Fruit shape: Oval / round
  • Stone clinging?: Free stone

Using

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

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Average

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Relationships to other varieties

Offspring of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

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 Early Prolific trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

You can also view these trees on a map.

United Kingdom



Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 28th March  2012  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom
  • 3rd March  2012  - tree owned by Dave in HAREFIELD, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by Gillian in Northallerton, United Kingdom
  • 23rd April  2011  - tree owned by Dave in HAREFIELD, United Kingdom
  • 5th April  2011  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 17th April  2010  - tree owned by Dave in HAREFIELD, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • April  2009  - tree owned by Dave in HAREFIELD, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2012 season

  • 1st week August  2012  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 1st week July  2011  - tree owned by Dave in HAREFIELD, United Kingdom
  • July  2011  - tree owned by Gillian in Northallerton, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 4th week June  2010  - tree owned by Dave in HAREFIELD, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 4th week June  2009  - tree owned by Dave in HAREFIELD, United Kingdom




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