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
- Count Althann's gage (parent)
We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet. If you have a Ariel tree you can register it here.
- 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
Where to buy fresh fruit
No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.