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Herman plum

Herman is one of the earliest plums available, ripening in mid-late July.  It is medium size, with a blue-black colour, yellow flesh - similar to its parent, Czar, but with a better eating flavour, and ripening earlier.

Herman is a free-stone plum - the stone falls away easily from the flesh.

Visitor reviews

  • 05 Aug 2013  Tahir,  United Kingdom
    Disagree with the above, by far the best flavoured early plum I've tasted fresh, nice and meaty in a crumble too. The only early plums that are tastier are the Japanese types (Methley etc) but bad pollination this season. Highly recommended as far as I'm concerned
  • 29 Jul 2013  Nevil Pearce,  NORTH YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
    I bought a Herman plum as an alternative to Early Rivers which I also grow. Yes, it crops heavily, but the flavour is a big disappointment. A supermarket quality plum probably best used for cooking.
  • 25 Jul 2013  Quentin Groom,  Belgium
    Just a rather ordinary plum flavor, sharp when picked early, but sweetening later. Holds well on the tree. You, don't really grow this variety for a special flavor, but for having plums in July. Quentin

Tree register

United Kingdom



Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 30th March  2014  - tree owned by Colin in Godalming, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 30th April  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 4th week July  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
  • 4th week July  2013  - tree owned by Quentin in Tervuren, Belgium


  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Originates from: Sweden
  • Introduced: 1970
  • Developed by: SLU, Balsgard, Sweden
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1252


  • Fruit colour: Blue
  • Stone clinging?: Free stone


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Average


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Where to buy fresh fruit

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