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Prunus domestica 'Czar' (C)
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plum 'Czar'

'Czar' is a compact, reliably fruiting, self-fertile culinary plum to 2.5-4m in height depending upon the rootstock. White flower in spring, fruits very deep blue in early August

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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
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green Blue
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
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

Keep a weed-free area of at least 60cm radius around trunk. Thin fruits if necessary. Irrigate in dry periods. Less susceptible to frost damage than many other cultivars

Propagation

Propagate by chip budding or grafting onto a clonal rootstock. The rootstock used with largely determine the vigour of the tree

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Regular pruning required according to tree form

Pests

Can get aphids, caterpillars, fruit tree red spider mite, brown scale, plum moth and bullfinches

Diseases

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

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