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Count Althann's gage

Prunus domestica

Count Althann's gage is a true gage, with an excellent flavour, less cloying than some gages.

It is somewhat unusual amongst gages in that the green skin colour traditionally associated with green gages is replaced almost entirely by a dusky red/mauve colour with a heavy bloom.  This colouration is inherited by one of its offspring, Ariel (as is the excellent flavour).

It is also widely known as Reine Claude dAlthann and Reine Claude Conducta.

The pedigree of Count Althann's gage is unknown, but it was raised in the 1850s in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) by the gardener of Count Althann.

USDA identification images for Count Althann's gage

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.

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2013 season

    • 1st May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
    • 30th April  2013  - tree owned by Johan in Gent, Belgium

    2012 season

    • 4th April  2012  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
    • April  2012  - tree owned by Johan in Gent, Belgium

    2011 season

    • 7th April  2011  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

    2010 season

    • 19th April  2010  - tree owned by Johan in Gent, Belgium

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2011 season

    • 3rd week July  2011  - tree owned by Bas in Stevensweert, Netherlands


    • Species: Prunus domestica
    • Parentage: Green gage
    • Introduced: 19th century
    • Developed by: Hr. Prochasta, gardener to Count Althann of Swoyschitz


    • Picking season: Late
    • Cropping: Light
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
    • Food uses: Eating fresh


    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Growth habit: Upright-spreading / Vase
    • Bearing regularity: Regular


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


    • Country of origin: Czech Republic
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red

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