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Prunus domestica ‘Blue Gage’

A Prunus domestica L. cultivar. ‘Branches long, slender, and downy. Fruit small, quite round, about three inches and a half in circumference. Stalk three quarters of an inch long. Skin dark blue, covered with a pale blue bloom. Flesh yellowish green, and separates from the stone. Juice smart, with but little richness of flavour. Ripe the beginning of August.’

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A second rate plum’. [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.231/1860]. This is presumably the ‘blue Gage Plum [that] has been long known and little esteemed in our Gardens: it is the Azure Hâtive of the French.’ [PM t.129/1830].

‘An old European variety; rejected by the American Pomological Society in 1858.’ [Plums of New York p.438].

Figured in Pomonia Britannica [PB pl.XVI/1812], the illustration used here.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues as ‘Blue gage’ [Plum no.2/1843].


Published May 27, 2010 - 01:29 PM | Last updated Jul 22, 2011 - 10:42 AM

Figured is a bunch of 3 blue-skinned, round plums and ovate leaves. Pomona Britannica pl.16, 1812.

Prunus domestica ‘Blue Gage’ | PB pl.XVI/1812 


Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, unknown

  • Azure Hâtive
  • Black Pedrigon
  • Cooper’s Blue Gage
  • Early Blue


Common Name

Dessert Plum, summer

Name in the Camden Park Record

Blue gage 



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