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    Several years ago (2013) I bought a fruit tree, in Aldi. It was supposed to be a greengage.
    Its flowered for a couple of years but never fruited.
    The flowers are similar to plum flowers but smaller. There are no thorns.

    Can any greengage growers tell me if I've been had!!


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    It looks very like our greengage. It took 15 year before it produce fruit. Last year was only the second time we got fruit off it, but not many!
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    Was it worth the wait?
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    I think trees can be quite contrary. I bought a well grown plum from a garden centre, it flowers well but I've only had about 6 plums off it in as many years. A victoria plum from Aldi gave plums more or less from when planted and has split in half due to weight one year. One main branch is now permanently resting on a fence but it continues to be over-laden every year. Some greengages (well think that's what they are as the fruit is size of damson and green) just appeared and are very prolific. They are right next to the Victoria so it might be the soil there. I would say probably nearer 5 to 7 years old but didn't notice them until they were a few feet high.

    edit: a largish damson, not the small ones.
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    Hi VC - apart from the fact it is a plum of sorts, I don't know of any way of telling if that sort is a greengage or not until it produces some fruit, which given the flowers in your photos and the reasonably warm weather could well happen later this year.

    Cheers, Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Was it worth the wait?
    The two I've eaten were very nice
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    I have no idea about telling a gage from at plum at flower stage, but in regards to lack of fruit do you have a pigeon issue - mine love plum blossom (the lil beggars)
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    Thanks all. It reminds me of sloe blossom but there are no thorns as far as I can tell.
    All the plums here have been slow to fruit, or even flower, but the last 2 years they have been laden. There is a plum near this mystery tree but the flowers on that are just opening so maybe pollination is an issue.?

    As for pigeons, NG, they busy on the kale but there are bullfinches on a plum tree at this moment.
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