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Excalibur plum

With the resurgence in interest in plums, growers have increasingly tried to improve on the popular English Victoria plum, and Excalibur is one of the best examples of these improved Victorias.  The plums are larger than Victoria, and arguably have a better flavour for eating fresh.

USDA identification images for Excalibur

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


    Visitor reviews

    • 29 Apr 2022  SHROPSHIRE, United Kingdom
      I have 50 Excalibur Plums. The trees are very vigorous and don't crop heavy but the fruit is divine, as good as Avalon and one of my top 3 plums
    • 06 Sep 2013  United Kingdom
      Much bigger (and earlier) than Victoria, a bit more flavourful too, nowhere near as prolific though

    Tree register

    United Kingdom

    Origins

    • Species: Prunus domestica
    • Parentage: Seedling of Count Althann's gage
    • Introduced: 1989
    • Developed by: East Malling Research

    Using

    • Picking season: Mid
    • Cropping: Good
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary

    Growing

    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular

    Climate

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

    Identification

    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Excalibur:

    United Kingdom




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