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Valor plum


A large dark purple plum with yellow flesh, similar to Marjorie's Seedling, but with a sweeter flavour.

Valor is generally considered self-fertile but some authorities believe it is self-sterile.

Valor plum identification images

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USDA identification images for Valor

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

    • 09 Apr 2022  SHROPSHIRE, United Kingdom
      A strong growing tree that seems to do very well when we have a cold, wet season. It just wants to grow upwards and after many years of trying to get it into goblet shape I've let it do what it wants. I planted 50 back in the early 90s in a frost pocket which they cope with admirably
    • 28 Sep 2018  WORCESTERSHIRE, United Kingdom
      In my opinion Valor provide the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, the flesh retains some texture even when fully ripe and they are well worth eating after 2 weeks in the fruit bowl, a superb plum and one that I'm pleased to recommended most highly for both eating and cooking.

    Tree register

    United Kingdom



    • Species: Prunus domestica - European plum
    • Parentage: Imperial Epineuse x Grand Duke
    • Originates from: Vineland, Canada
    • Introduced: 1968
    • Developed by: University of Guelph, Department of Plant Agriculture


    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Country of origin: Canada
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Purple
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Very late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Picking period: late September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Growth habit: Upright
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Frost resistance of blossom: Some resistance
    • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
    • 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: Average
    • Plum pox virus / Sharka: Some resistance

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