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Plum Tree 'Oullin's Golden Gage' - Bare Root

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Plum Tree 'Oullin's Golden Gage' - Bare Root
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Plum Tree 'Oullin's Golden Gage' - Root Wrapped

Plum Oullins Golden Gage is a reliable and heavy cropping tree variety. In autumn it will bear yellow-green, gage-like fruits with orange-red speckles. These sweet, juicy fruits ripen in August, and as they age they get slightly softer and milder - perfect for eating right off the tree. The fruits are excellent for cooking, baking, freezing, or for savoury jams and preserves. Oullins Golden Gage has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.


Characteristics

  • Flower Colour: white
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 4.5-5m
  • Rootstock: Saint Julian A - Semi-Dwarfing
  • Comes in a: no pot - root wrapped
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 150-170cm
  • Tree is approx. 3 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
  • Flowering Period: late winter, early spring (February - April)
  • Harvesting Period: August
  • Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: bush, fan, half-standard
  • Uses: eating fresh, cooking
  • Self pollinating: no - (see 'Pollination' section below)
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Exposure: sheltered
  • Scented: barely
  • Wildlife friendly

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: full sun
  • Soil Requirements: neutral, loam, sand
  • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 5m (18ft)

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.0 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Dig a hole approximately a third wider than the root ball. Carefully yet firmly backfill the remaining soil around the root ball and water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.

Pollination

  • Pollination group: 4

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is not self pollinating so it therefore requires another tree nearby of the same fruit species, but of a different variety, that flowers during the same period. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things slightly easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only an apple tree can pollinate another apple tree. However, if you buy two 'Oullin's Golden Gage' trees they will not pollinate each other.

The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another apple tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 4 would be one in group 3, 4 or 5).

Fruit Benefits

These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

Fruit Tree Rootstocks

Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:

  • The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
  • How itís pruned
  • Soil type
  • Position
  • Its rootstock
Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Coxís Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.

This is a typical example of our root wrapped trees that you will receive - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season. Please be aware that the compost around the roots is there just to keep them moist and will fall away when unwrapped, leaving a bare-rooted plant. You can mix this compost with your soil when planting your tree.

 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.2/5 (5 reviews)

Rating: 4/5

"good product and was given as Xmas present"

Reviewed Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Rating: 5/5

"As Above"

Reviewed Friday, 20 March 2015

Rating: 5/5

"Good size and good roots very pleased"

Reviewed Thursday, 4 December 2014

Rating: 5/5

"Delivered Speedily and items were well packed and protected"

Reviewed Sunday, 23 February 2014

Rating: 2/5

"Another maiden ( one year old) graft not a tree, suffering the same damage as the other tree, carrier must have worked hard to break these."

Reviewed Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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