I need some help please ! The flavour of opal is excellent with juicy yellow freestone flesh. Fan trained Plum trees are used against a wall; you will need not less than 180 x 180cm’s for a fan or espalier tree. OPAL Characteristics Opal is considered to be one of the most reliable of all the early dessert plums. Forum home › Fruit & veg. worth waiting an extra year before it begins to bear fruit when compared with the Victoria plum which will be a year earlier to fruit? I can't say I have ever seen what might appear as a healthy plum tree. If you have not seen any flowers I would image this is what has happened because even if frost kills the flowers or bud, you can normally still see them. Possibly due to the texture of the leaves. Pruning Opal Plum Trees. Then as soon as the remaining leaves fall, gather them up and also burn them. Opal plum lopping time ? VVA-1 Opal - 1 Year old, Bareroot Is the quality of the fruit, i.e. Superrad49 Posts: 33. To be honest. Straight after planting, remove the lowest laterals and prune the rest back to about 10-15cm in length. Start picking in late July and can be picked over a period of a few weeks meaning that there will not be glut of fruit. Your tree should have one central leader and several strong side shoots. Opal plum was raised at the Horticultural Research Station, Alnarp, Sweden in 1925 from a cross between Oullin's Gage and Early Favourite. In essence, is it worth waiting another year for Opal plums, rather than Victoria's? Please note we do not supply ready trained trees; this Opal is a young tree suitable for training yourself, in situ. Cheers! The foliage on your tree certainly is ailing. I did think about buying the cherry tree. Any ways. I have an 8 year old plum tree ( Variety Opal) from which we need to remove a large branch ( approx size of lower arm in diameter) as this will impede a gate. This was the taken from Blackmoors' website about the tree: "1 x Plum Opal Krimsk 1 (V V A 1) - 1 Year Maiden Bare Root Early flowering - … Plum Opal, grafted on cherry plum seedlings, begins fruiting in the third year after planting, and grafted on Hungarian Wangeheim in the second year. There was Opal plum there but my previous research told me Victoria plum is a much better option. I don't think the supplier would like to have your reshaping of this plum be a long-drawn-out saga on this forum . Plum trees can be fan-trained, or pruned to have bushy or pyramid form. Opal is probably the best-flavored early plum variety - indeed it is sometimes called a gage-like plum thanks to the excellence of its flavor. Even though Opal Plum Tree is a popular choice for its sweet, juicy fruits, growing this tree can have ornamental benefits as well. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Opal is an early variety and the best in this class. It is of a medium size with dusky mottled red fruit which have a heavy bloom turning blue when overripe. Its crown is round, broad-conical, dense. If possible, get rid of the most heavily affected leaves and burn them. 10 January in Fruit & veg. Such trees usually settle to cropping within 2 or 3 seasons. But decided not to as my hubby might think I’m obsessed with planting fruit trees as I already have 2 apples and a pear tree and 3 newly planted blueberries. . Adjust the maintenance practices according to the desired shape. it's taste, inherent natural disease resistance, etc. However the flavor depends crucially on developing sugars during the short growing period, and in northern gardens Opal really benefits from being grown in a … . Medium sized, oval-oblong … some times if a plum tree or any fruit tree which bears lots of fruit one year then in the following year the tree can just be playing catch up and getting its strength back. 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