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Should I plant Victoria plum?

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 09:41

When I joined the forum in spring this year I was considering planting a Victoria plum tree in the autumn. It seemed to tick the right boxes , hardy in the North West, tolerant of clay soil, self fertile and a good cropper. However there have been a lot of threads on the forum about the numerous problems that gardeners with this variety of plum have faced; though I don't think I will be affected by voracious pheasants, which are making me have second thoughts.

There could be two answers:

1) Victoria plum is planted so much more than other plums that it is bound to feature in the threads by sheer volume of numbers.

2) The variety has intrinsic problems and I would be better planting a different variety, perhaps lacking some of Victoria's advantages but a having a healthier constitution.

What are gardeners views on Victoria plum, should I try a different plum, or even a a completely different fruit tree such as a mulberry?

silver birch for front garden

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 23:51

There is a small variety of Silver birch called Young's Weeping Birch. There are three planted together in a Cemetery near me. They are about 15ft high and have not increased in height since the early 1980's.

New Garden, New Soil

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 22:13

Varieties of Whitebeam, {Sorbus aria} grow well on chalk, and will probably make a small tree in the poor chalky soil. I think Crataegus and Malus [crab apples] are also quite chalk tolerant.

Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 22:52

Have you considered Holly? Will certainly reach 8ft, is evergreen, completely hardy and an effective barrier.


Posted: 28/09/2014 at 08:10


Magnolias have fleshy rather brittle roots; so ensure that you have as large a root ball as possible around the base when you move it.

unknown shrub

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 19:41

Could it be Caragana?

Problem with squirrels

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:32

Jack Russell terriers are good at scaring them away and occasionally catch them.

Huge push thing, what is is please

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 00:36

Hi Amanda

That does look like a Balsam poplar to me, I think you call them Cottonwoods in America. It might be a seedling but the speed of growth you wrote of suggests it is more likely to be a sucker from tree roots. Do any of your neighbours have Cottonwoods? Be aware that these grow very fast, they grow very big and they have vigorous root systems that have been known to damage foundations. Treat this plant with some caution.

Holly tree

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:00

Bearing in mind that Holly trees grow in exposed places and that they are evergreen [ present much more of a surface for the effect of winds] I think they must have a very robust root system. You rarely see them blown down.

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:31

If you have ever bitten into a sloe you will never forget it, they are very astringent and leave you mouth puckered for many minutes. Make good gin though, as do damsons.

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