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Belle de Louvain plum

Belle de Louvain plums are very large, oval-shaped, and dark red, becoming purple when fully ripe.  This is primarily a culinary plum, the flesh is not particularly juicy, but reveals its true flavour when cooked.

The tree is strong and healthy, crops heavily, and is suitable for a wide range of situations.

USDA identification images for Belle de Louvain

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.

    Visitor reviews

    • 03 May 2020  EAST SUSSEX, United Kingdom
      I adore this plum which makes the finest, darkest jam ever! Always a pleasure to open a jar and spread it on a good slice of white crusty bread.

    Tree register

    United Kingdom

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2012 season

    • 15th April  2012  - tree owned by Simon in Bellingdon, United Kingdom

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    • Species: Prunus domestica
    • Introduced: 1845


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
    • Food uses: Culinary


    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Bearing regularity: Regular


    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)


    • Country of origin: Belgium
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Purple

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