French Prune
(D'Agen) 1856


$29.95

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Traditionally the French plum was dried and kept over a long period of time when refrigerators did not exist and winter meant months with few fruits or vegetables. Prunes were almost as precious as salt and were used to bargain wages during the 15th century. The French Prune was introduced to the states by Pierre and Louis Pellier, brothers who went to California for the Gold Rush, started a nursery business near San Jose in 1856 with plum cuttings they brought from France. Today they are sought by connoisseurs around the world. The French prune is very sweet, rich flavor with tender, fine-textured flesh. Medium-sized prune plum of red to violet purple skin over amber flesh. Delicious for eating fresh, baking, chutneys, and drying. Long-lived and self-fertile. 


Growing Considerations for French Prune
(D'Agen) 1856

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Heirloom: Yes

Bloom Period: Late

Harvest Period: Late

Storage: A few weeks

Origin Date: 1800`s

Pollination Requirement: Self-Fertile

Years to Bear: 2-5 years

Mature Size: 12-16 ft.

Shape when Shipped: Whip (no branching)

Rootstock: Mariana (Semi-dwarf)

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.


Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 3/4 inch caliper*;  Trees range from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs).

 

*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.


Shipping Note:  Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.


Have any Thoughts or Comments? We would love to hear from you!


 

09/23/2016
Anja D. Sonderling
5 of 5 Stars
We bought our French Prune tree about three years ago. This year we had our first crop of plums, and they were wonderfully sweet and delicious. The tree grows very well here on Lovell rootstock. We are Sunset Zone 18, boardering on Zone 11 (USDA Zone 9a) in southern California. The tree (and its fruit) withstands 100 F summer days and frequent strong winds without problem. The first year, a very strong wind blew all its leaves off in late summer, but the tree seems to have learned how to hang on to its leaves since then. It is growing on a hillside with northwestern exposure. We keep the crown fairly dense so it can shade itself. A really great tree. We're so happy to have it growing here. And the plums remind me of those I had as a child in Germany.

 

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.