Denbigh Plum (1785)


History & Discovery

We’re excited to announce that the Denbigh Plum now has PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) Status! This special plum is now one of only 26 UK products to receive the prestigious status, helping local businesses capitalise on its unique heritage with the region. It was first mentioned in 1785. Exactly where in Denbigh it originates from remains uncertain. It is the only native Welsh plum to survive. It has large dark-red fruit that are strewn with golden dots.

The young trees now produced are the first ones available in over 100 years. Presumably self fertile. The handful of remaining trees are remarkably disease free. Our re-introduction of the Denbigh Plum has now led to the formation of the Denbigh Plum festival. Be sure to visit in October!

More information can be found on this video of the Welsh plum’s PDO status:


The flesh is sweet and juicy with a good depth of flavour. Excellent when eaten warm and straight from the tree. It is also good for cooking and jam making. Pick and use in mid-September.

Rootstock & Eventual Tree Size

All fruit trees are grafted onto rootstocks. The rootstocks determine eventual tree size.
Bigger trees are more robust & produce more fruit, but take up more space.
Always choose a bigger rootstock if you need extra anchorage or your soil is poor (very wet, dry or rocky). Small trees cannot compete with grass and weeds.

If you want your fruit tree to remain smaller than its eventual tree size, simply prune back in the summer.

(Unsure about summer pruning? Check out our video guide

Age Of The Tree

Some of our varieties are available to purchase as older trees. One year old maiden whips are a single trunk that you can then train yourself. Two year old trees are ready trained with a formed crown, but you will need to carry on training! See our video guides for more information on pruning.

Bilingual product label and small “Welsh to the Core!” tie-on label (left) included.