Plums, gages and damsons: choosing cultivars

Plums, gages and damsons are all stone fruits that thrive in sheltered, warm gardens. Although they all bear the same basic type of fruit, their taste varies from tart and spicy, to sweet and perfumed. All these have their uses, so the final choice is usually a personal one.

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Prunus domestica (plum). Credit: RHS Advisory.

Quick facts

  • Plums grow best in sunny, sheltered spots
  • Only one tree is usually needed for a good crop
  • Choose from culinary and dessert cultivars

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