Automne Compote (Herts.) (x1)
A late season cooking plum which was raised by Rivers’ Nursery in 1840. The bright red fruit have juicy flesh and a sharp flavour.
Black Diamond (x1)
An excellent cooker which flowers very early, hence crops are not necessarily consistant. Found in a hedge by a farmworker called
Diamond, of Brenchley, Kent and introduced by Hooker of Brenchley in 1830.
Curlew (Herts.) (x1)
Raised at Rivers’ Nursery in 1875. Parentage unknown. A medium to large sized blue-black oval shaped cooking plum, ripe in mid-August.
Early Laxton (x1)
Originated in Bedfordshire in 1902. One of the earliest dual-purpose plums. Yellow with a sweet flavour.
Early Transparent Gage (Herts.) (x1)
Also called Early Apricot and Rivers Early Transparent, having been raised in Sawbridgeworth in 1873. The medium sized fruit is round and
yellow with red dots and a sweet, rich flavour. Ripe in early August.
Heron (Herts.) (x1)
Raised at Rivers’ Nursery in 1875. Parentage unknown. A large, long, oval shaped purple plum. A reliable cropper.
Late Transparent Gage (Herts.) (x1)
Raised at Rivers’ Nursery in 1882. Parentage not known. A medium-sized smooth skinned yellow gage with golden yellow flesh.
Laxton’s Gage (x1)
Raised in Bedfordshire in 1899. An excellent yellow dessert gage with sweet flavour. Ripe in mid-August.
Mallard (Herts.) (x1)
Raised in 1885 at Rivers’ Nursery. A medium sized red dessert plum with a thin chalky bloom and sweet flavour.
Monarch (Herts.) (x1)
Raised at Rivers’ Nursery in 1883 from the variety Autumn Compote. A large, roundish blue black cooking plum with a chalky bloom.
President (Herts.) (x1)
Originating in 1895, a very large blue-black dual purpose plum with a chalky bloom. Ripe in mid-late September.
Rivers’ Early Prolific (Herts.) (x1)
Dating to 1820, a good dual purpose plum which lives up to its name by being both early and very prolific. Ripe in late July. Sweet, juicy
*With thanks to Bernwode Plants for tree notes