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Prunus domestica 'Marjorie's Seedling' (C)
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plum 'Marjorie's Seedling'

'Marjorie's Seedling' is a reliable and vigorous cultivar with an upright habit. Heavy crops of juicy, blue fruits can be harvested from late September to October; these are good for jam. Self-fertile and in pollination group 5, it should escape spring frosts

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green Blue
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright, Bushy
Genus

Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow plums in a moist, but well-drained soil. An acidic soil (pH 6-6.5) is ideal. Keep a weed-free area of at least 60cm radius around trunk. Fruit thinning can be done if necessary. Irrigate in dry periods. Less susceptible to frost damage than many other cultivars

Propagation

Propagate by chip budding or grafting onto a rootstock for fruit

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning plums - regular pruning required in summer, according to tree form. Plums can be grown as cordons, pyramids, bushes, or as trees

Pests

Plums suffer from plum aphid, caterpillars, fruit tree red spider mite, brown scale, plum moth and bullfinches may be problematic

Diseases

May be affected by silver leaf, bacterial canker, blossom wilt and fruit by brown rot

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