Prunus domestica 'Cambridge Gage'


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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Howard Rice, copyright GAP Photos (250898)

Plant details

Gages are superior dessert plums, much sweeter with a rich honeyed flavour when grown in a warm sunny spot. They grow into large trees although, if grafted on a semi-dwarfing rootstock such as 'Pixy', they may be trained as fans on garden walls or as dwarf pyramids, both kinds easier to protect with fleece against frost, and later against birds. All varieties need a careful choice of pollinator. 'Cambridge Gage' is a popular variety, similar to the traditional 'Old Green Gage', with a very fine flavour. Always prune between early spring and mid-autumn, when wounds heal quickly.

The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Species: domestica

Cultivar: Cambridge Gage

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 600cm

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