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Marjorie's Seedling plum

Marjorie Seedling is the main late-season commercial European plum sold in UK supermarkets. It is excellent for culinary purposes, and good for eating fresh when fully ripe.

It is attractive to commercial growers because it is vigorous, hardy, disease resistant, and a reliable and heavy cropper. These qualities mean it is also ideal for the garden or small orchard - and by growing your own you can also get a far better flavour than is possible for the commercial grower - the trick is to leave the plums on the tree longer. And if you like fresh plums, there are not many other ones around this late in the season.

The fruit is large, plum-shaped, and purple, becoming blue-black when fully ripe, with a heavy bloom - overall very attractive. The flesh is greenish-yellow, juicy, quite coarse, and noticeably veined. The stone is clinging.

Marjorie's Seedling identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 28 Oct 2012  E.Scott,  DEVON, United Kingdom
    This plum has a wonderful flavour. I was very surprised to see it listed as a culinary plum. I eat it as a dessert plum. We planted a tree and it crops very heavily. Good cooked too of course.
  • 20 Sep 2011  Nick,  HERTS, United Kingdom
    Marjorie's Seedling have been in all the supermarkets for the last 2-3 weeks, but I've been disappointed in the flavour, finding it quite bland after Victoria's and other improved varieties. May be it's the early season, or my sample being harvested too early
  • 10 Sep 2011  Marjorie,  LEICESTERSHIRE, United Kingdom
    Tried them for the first time today, as a lady on the market knew my name so she suggested some, as my nane is Marjorie....They are one of the niceist plums I have tasted, very large, so well worth there money

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2019 season

  • March  2019  - tree owned by Tony in Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

2011 season

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

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Harvest records for this variety

2019 season

  • September  2019  - tree owned by Tony in Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 4th week September  2011  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom


  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Originates from: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1912
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1246


  • Fruit colour: Purple
  • Fruit shape: Oval / round
  • Stone clinging?: Clinging


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Harvest period: Very-Late season Late September
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Large
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993


  • Canker  - Very resistant
  • Brown rot  Monilinia fructigena  - Some resistance
  • Silverleaf  Chondrostereum purpureum  - Very resistant


  • Plum fruit moth  Cydia funebrana  - Some susceptibility

Where to buy fresh fruit

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