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Early Prolific plum


An attractive English plum, sometimes known as Early Rivers, or, mistakenly, as a "river plum".  Rivers' Early Prolific is, as the name suggests, an early and heavy-cropping plum.  Rated by the Victorian fruit enthusiast Hogg as "a great bearer, and very hardy, rarely ever missing a crop".

It is dual-purpose, but arguably better for culinary purposes.  (For dessert purposes, Opal is probably better).

Rivers' Early Prolific is easy to grow and crops reliably.



Visitor reviews

  • 24 Aug 2016  Angela,  SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia
    Grown in our family for 3 generations as Early River. Original tree came from a Light Pass Orchardist. We are delighted to know it's history. Makes stunning dark jam and now fruit leather/rollups. Tough and heavy bearer.
  • 29 Jul 2013  Nevil Pearce,  NORTH YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
    This is an excellent early plum. Good cooked or as an eater. The flavour improves as they ripen.
  • 05 Jul 2011  Adrienne Midgley,  BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, United Kingdom
    I like this plum cooked. It is very tasty. I would like to grow it but am unable to find it

Tree register

United Kingdom

Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 28th March  2012  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
  • 3rd March  2012  - tree owned by Dave in Harefield, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by Gillian in Northallerton, United Kingdom
  • 23rd April  2011  - tree owned by Dave in Harefield, United Kingdom
  • 5th April  2011  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 17th April  2010  - tree owned by Dave in Harefield, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • April  2009  - tree owned by Dave in Harefield, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2012 season

  • 1st week August  2012  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 1st week July  2011  - tree owned by Dave in Harefield, United Kingdom
  • July  2011  - tree owned by Gillian in Northallerton, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 4th week June  2010  - tree owned by Dave in Harefield, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 4th week June  2009  - tree owned by Dave in Harefield, United Kingdom

Origins

  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Originates from: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1820
  • Developed by: Rivers of Sawbridgeworth
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1254

Identification

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

Using

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

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Average

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Offspring of this variety



Where to buy fresh fruit

United Kingdom




References

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon


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