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Marjorie's Seedling plum

Marjorie's Seedling

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 plum identification images

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USDA identification images for Marjorie's Seedling

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.

    Visitor reviews

    • 28 Oct 2012  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  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  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 - European plum
    • Originates from: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1912


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour: Purple
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Best sellers
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Average
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Dual purpose
    • Picking period: mid-September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Cold hardiness (RHS): H5 (to -15C)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Canker: Very resistant
    • Silverleaf: Very resistant
    • Brown rot: Some resistance
    • Plum fruit moth: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Marjorie's Seedling plum trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Marjorie's Seedling:

    United Kingdom


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