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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.

USDA identification images for Ariel

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

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    • Species: Prunus domestica - European plum
    • Parentage: Autumn Compote x Count Althann's Gage
    • Originates from: Sweden
    • Introduced: 1959
    • Developed by: SLU Alnarp


    • Country of origin: Sweden


    • Cling-stone: Semi-freestone
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
    • Flavour quality: Exceptional
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Eating fresh


    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile

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