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President plum

President is a large blue/purple plum raised at the start of the 20th century by the Rivers Nursery, in Hertfordshire, England.  It's is notable for its very large size, and for a long-time was one of the latest-ripening plums, providing fresh fruit at a time when most other plums were finished.  This and its versatility for eating fresh or culinary use meant that it rapidly became popular, and is found in many old gardens and orchards throughout England.

The tree grows with a distinct upright compact shape, and is quite vigorous.  Another notable feature is that the wood is quite brittle and coupled with its tendency to produce heavy crops means that branches can easily snap under the weight of fruit.

President identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 16 Feb 2015  Mary,  SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia
    Love the taste and texture. Almost crisp to start with and sour and tangy!
  • 09 May 2013  Steve Rowbottom,  NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
    planted in my garden spring 2012
  • 27 Aug 2011  Geoff Leesley,  UNITED KINGDOM, United Kingdom
    The finest tasting plum I have ever tasted without doubt

Tree register

United Kingdom




  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Originates from: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1901
  • Developed by: Rivers Nursery
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1564


  • Fruit colour: Purple
  • Fruit shape: Oval
  • Stone clinging?: Free stone


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • General disease resistance: Average
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899


  • Canker  - Some susceptibility
  • Brown rot  Monilinia fructigena  - Some resistance
  • Plum pox virus (Sharka)  - Some resistance

Where to buy fresh fruit

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