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Help choosing fruit trees - plum and quince

a1154a1154 Posts: 1,073
I’m shopping at a specialist fruit tree place, and the choice is bewildered. I definitely want a plum, but already have Opal. Plums are my favourite and I like eating them and making jam. Could somebody make a recommendation that will give me something really different to Opal please. 
I’m thinking of a quince too, as Monty is always on about what a lovely tree it is, and I’d definitely have a go at jelly.  There is less choice here, but still I don’t know and would appreciate a recommendation. 
Thanks for help. 


  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,528
    We have 2 quince trees. One very old now in the garden and another in our orchard.
    Sorry can't tell you the varieties.
    But the fruit is brilliant. You can use it in so many, jams, frozen, jelly, spiced....We are still using what we did in 2021 this year.
    Jelly is very time consuming but very worthwhile.

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,210
    Jubileum is a really good plum, Swedish bred I think.  A bit like Victoria but bigger fruit and a healthier tree.  Damsons are different, if you like them... not to eat raw, though.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,073
    I do have a damson already. The tree is a bit of a mess actually, but I’m hoping a good prune in summer will help. 
    I’ll have a read about that plum, thanks. 
  • Blaisdon Red is a nice plum tree, good for jam. Discovered in the 1800's growing wild near Blaisdon which is not far from me. It can still be found growing in hedgerows around here.
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,819
    We read that Marjorie's Seedling is a good Plum. Ours is a young tree, and yet to fruit, so can't confirm if the taste is good.

    I'd avoid Victoria Plum, even though it has good taste, and is one of the most popular (as it's prone to rust).
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,073
    That one certainly sounds good on paper KoG. 
  • My favouritte "plum", and which has a completely different flavour is a greengage.
    Warm, ripe and straight off the tree. Bliss. They can be eaten raw, cooked in pies, and made into jam.
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