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Golden Transparent gage

Towards the end of the 19th century nurseryman Thomas Rivers experimented with a French gage variety called Reine Claude Diaphane, a true gage with an unusually transparent ("diaphanous") skin - known in England as Transparent Gage.  The most well-known result of this work was his Early Transparent Gage, but Golden Transparent has also been quietly popular amongst gardeners, and is believed to be the result of an open pollinated Transparent Gage.

Golden Transparent is a self-fertile variety - like Early Transparent but unlike its parent.  The tree is notably small and compact (a common characteristic of gages and a useful distinguishing point with European plums).  By gage standards it is a good cropper, but it can be temperamental.

The fruit is an attractive yellow colour with red dots, larger than a green gage.

Although considered one of the "transparent" gages, in our experience it does not have the true transparency of flesh found in some of its cousins.  But no matter - the flavour is excellent, with a juicy thick sugary richness - this is a textbook gage.

Golden Transparent identification photos

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  • Golden Transparent Gage blossom
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Visitor reviews

  • 11 Oct 2013  Karim,  United States
    Ripens almost simultaneously with the transparent gage, a large round sweet gage that is heaven on a sunny September morning.
  • 25 Aug 2012  Keir Watson,  WEST SUSSEX, United Kingdom
    I am growing this gage as a fan against a sunny fence. Although it flowers well, and has a near-by pollinator, it sets few fruit for me. The fruits are, however, exceptional - syrup sweet, aromatic, rich and juicy. I hope that my young (5 years old) tree will improve its yeild with time! You can see photos of the trained tree on my blog:

Tree register

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 19th April  2016  - tree owned by Donald in West Hartford, United States
  • 8th April  2016  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 7th May  2014  - tree owned by John in Ayr, United Kingdom
  • 10th April  2014  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 2nd May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 27th March  2012  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 10th April  2011  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 19th April  2010  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • 1st week September  2016  - tree owned by Donald in West Hartford, United States


  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Originates from: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Developed by: Thomas Rivers of Sawbridgeworth
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1544


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / mottled
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Stone clinging?: Semi-clinging


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Gage-like
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Siblings of this variety (same parentage)

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