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Reine Claude de Bavay gage

If you've ever bought green gages from a supermarket in the UK or western Europe, they are almost certainly Reine Claude de Bavay.  Don't worry if you were disappointed with the flavour - you can solve that problem by growing your own!

Whilst a purist might prefer Old Green Gage, Reine Claude de Bavay also has the distinctive gage flavour, but is easier to grow.  Cropping is more reliable, but as with all gages, not heavy.

The fruit is medium-sized, and green/yellow when ripe.  Rated by Victorian author Hogg as "a first rate dessert plum of exquisite flavour".

Reine Claude de Bavay identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 13 Sep 2014  David,  United Kingdom
    Sold in Waitrose under the name Reine Claude. Medium sized gage. Adequate flavour but far inferior to Cambridge Gage.

Tree register

United States

United Kingdom


New Zealand

  • Jo in Gisborne, EAST COAST

Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 13th April  2018  - tree owned by David in Hove, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 7th April  2015  - tree owned by Graeme in Standlake, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 13th April  2012  - tree owned by Peter in Eye, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 1st week October  2013  - tree owned by John in Ayr, United Kingdom


  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Originates from: Belgium
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1259


  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Fruit shape: Round


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Gage-like


  • Cropping: Light
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • General disease resistance: Average


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

Where to buy fresh fruit

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