Prunus Domestica Valor or the Valor Plum Tree, is a reliable late season plum of North American origins which will do very well in UK gardens and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Introduced in 1968 from the Vineland Horticultural Research Institute in Ontario, Canada, Prunus Domestica Valor is a cross between the European plum varieties Imperial Epinuese and Grand Duke. In mid-April, the bare branches of this deciduous tree are covered with fragrant, showy white blossoms which will attract the bees needed for successful pollination. The blossoms will last for two weeks as the medium green leaves start to emerge. The large, sweet plums mature in late September, with a deep purple skin and a freestone pit. They are excellent for either fresh eating or cooking.
Height and Spread of Prunus Domestica Valor Prunus Domestica Valor will grow to a mature height and spread of 3-4 metres.
How Hardy Is Prunus Domestica Valor? Prunus Domestica Valor is fully hardy in all regions of the UK.
How to Use Prunus Domestica Valor Prunus Domestica Valor can be used as a specimen tree in a small to medium lawn, where its spring blossom show can be appreciated. It makes a good tree for a woodland or wildlife garden, providing valuable food for bees and butterflies in spring. The Valor Plum tree can also be pruned and trained as an espalier or fan against a wall or along a fence or trellis to create a living privacy screen.
How to Care for Prunus Domestica Valor Plant Prunus Domestica Valor in full sun in a sheltered location with a south or west-facing aspect, in moist but well-drained clay, sand or loam soil with an acid to neutral pH. It is disease-resistant, especially to bacterial spot. Sensitive to aerosol salt, Prunus Domestica Valor should be sheltered from sea winds in coastal regions. With a low tolerance for pollution, avoid planting the Valor Plum tree in inner city environments. Provide protection from deer and rabbit damage in country gardens. Prunus Domestica Valor is self-sterile fruit tree and requires a pollination partner from flowering group 3, such as Victoria Plum or Opal Plum. Prune annually in summer to maintain an open crown for good air circulation. Plant trees 4 metres apart.
Prunus Domestica Valor will play double duty in your garden, producing beautiful spring blossoms and then a bumper crop of large, juicy fruits in September!