Plums in the Koanga Institute Collection

Dan’s Early
Uses: Dessert
Ripe: Early December
Pollinator: Duff’s Early Jewel, Marabella.
Origin: Dan Hanson
Available: Scionwood
Recommended Rootsocks: Peach, old European Plum
Large, yellow flesh, red skin, great texture and flavour. Large tree, heavy cropper. Large spreading tree, best quality early plum around. Partially self fertile.
Maungamuka Plum
Uses: Dessert
Ripe: January
Pollinator: Self Fertile
Origin: Mangamuka
Available: ScionwoodDelicious yellow green soft fleshed plum with transparent skin. It came from the schoolgrounds at Maungamuka.
Marabella Plum
Uses: Dessert, Bottling
Ripe: Late December
Pollinator: Self Fertile
Origin: Cox, Northland
Available: Scionwood

Our most reliable, heaviest cropping plum. This plum came to our collection from Jim and June Cox and to them as collectors from a family whose ancestors had picked it up on the journey over when their boat stopped in South Africa. It is a well known South African plum. lt is a small plum, red skin, yellow flesh and is an O.K desert plum but it is an outstanding cooking plum. with an almond flavour and no bitterness at all. We love them for breakfast. Self fertile.

Marabella Plums crop heavily every year.

Tamaki Special Plum
Uses: Dessert, Bottling.
Ripe: Late December
Pollinator: Duff’s Early Jewel, and others
Origin: Wilderlands.
Available: ScionwoodThis is an outstanding plum, from the collection of the late Dan Hansen of Wilderland fame. Dan was an amazing gardener and collected many fruit trees whose value he saw. This is one of the best (Dan’s Early is another). It is a large, dark red meaty plum which is full of flavour and very sweet. It is always a vigorous growing tree.
Whakapirau Gold / old Yellow O’gen
Uses: Dessert
Ripe: January
Pollinator: unsure
Origin: Whakapirau
Available: ScionwoodYellow flesh and skin, large, sweet, juiciy melting. Ex Kaipara Harbour, well known by the locals on Whakapirau Beach, huge crops. Large spreading tree, good health.
Ahipara Prune (Victoria)
Uses: Dessert, Cooking
Ripe: January
Pollinator: Angelina Burdett / Self Fertile.
Origin: Ahipara Gumfields
Available: ScionwoodThis is a very special plum that I found growing in a long abandoned orchard on the Ahipara Gumfields many years ago. We think it is the old Victoria plum that many people ask us for. It is a large egg shaped classic looking prune except it ripens earlier than all the others, in January. With a dark red skin, yellow very sweet sugary flesh and free stone it is an excellent plum.
Burbank Plums
Uses: Dessert,
Ripe: February
Pollinator: Self Fertile.
Origin: Kaiwaka
Available: ScionwoodBurbank Plums were some of the very earliest plums to enter the North (came into the Kaipara with the Dalmatians) and all the old orchards had one. They are quite small trees that are easy to manage and they are very heavy reliable croppers The fruit is large, with a dark red blush over most of the yellow skin when ripe and the flesh is yellow and comes away from the stone when fully ripe.  Especially great if you have a small space.
Giant Prune
Uses: Dessert, Cooking
Ripe: February
Pollinator: Angelina Burdett,
Origin: RB/Matt
Available: Scionwood Large prune with red skin and yellow flesh, freestone. Originally from the Red Bluffs Nursery Warkworth, from the collection of Tom and Robyn Morrison.
Black Prince
Uses: Dessert,
Ripe: February March
Pollinator: Duff’s Early Jewel
Origin: Kohukohu
Available: ScionwoodLarge dark red meaty flesh, purple/green skin, freestone, excellent taste, pick over long period keeps well. From an old French orchard in the Hokianga. Heavy precocious cropper.  Partially self-fertile hedgerow pollinator plums will help.
Angelina Burdett
Uses: Dessert,
Ripe: February
Pollinator: Greengage
Origin:
Available: ScionwoodSoft, very sweet, purple skin. Yellow flesh.
Ahipara 2 (Golden Drop)
Uses:
Excellent Dessert
Ripe: Mid Jan
Pollinator: Self Fertile / Angelina Burdett
Origin: Ahipara Gumfields
Available: ScionwoodSmall, yellow flesh and skin, very sweet.
Meribel
Uses: Dessert, Bottling, Jam
Ripe: Early Jan
Pollinator: Self Fertile
Origin: Matakohe
Available: Scionwood

Yellow flesh, red skin

 

Puhoi Plum
Uses: Dessert, Bottling,
Ripe: Mid Season
Pollinator: Self Fertile
Origin: Puhoi Valley
Available: ScionwoodYellow flesh and skin, excellent dessert.
Plumcott
Uses: Excellent Dessert
Ripe: Early
Pollinator: Self Fertile
Origin: Northland
Available: ScionwoodApricot texture and flavour.
Stanley Prune
Uses: Dessert, Drying,
Ripe:
Pollinator:
Origin:
Available: ScionwoodRed skin, yellow flesh, freestone.
Transparent Gage
Uses: Dessert, Cooks up like apricots.
Ripe: Late
Pollinator: Angelina Burdett
Origin: Kohukohu
Available: ScionwoodYellow, transparent skin with red flecks.
Billington’s Early
Uses:
Ripe: December
Pollinator: Duff’s Early Jewel
Origin: Old Commercial Variety
Available: Scionwood
Duff’s Early Jewel
Uses:Desert, Pollinator
Ripe: January
Pollinator: Self Fertile
Origin: Old Commercial Variety
Available: ScionwoodRed skin, yellow flesh, small.
Satsuma
Uses: Dessert, Sauce, Bottling
Ripe: Mid Season
Pollinator: Duff’s Early Jewel
Origin: Satsuma
Available: ScionwoodRed skin and flesh
Scarletina
Uses:Dessert, jam, bottling
Ripe: Mid January
Pollinator: Self Fertile
Origin: Matakohe
Available: ScionwoodRed flesh and skin
Taneatua (an old Burbank )
Uses: Dessert
Ripe: February
Pollinator: Self Fertile
Origin: Taneatua
Available: ScionwoodLarge red/ yellow skin. Yellow flesh
Xmas Fullers
Uses:Dessert
Ripe: Early
Pollinator: Duff’s Early Jewel
Origin: Haywood Wright Collection, Bay of Plenty
Available: ScionwoodRed skin and flesh, small, prolific, good taste.
Dan’s Delight
Uses: Dessert.
Ripe: January
Pollinator:
Origin: Wilderlands
Available:  ScionwoodVery special flavour, delicate
Little John
Uses: Dessert
Ripe: January
Pollinator:
Origin: Northland
Available:  ScionwoodVery special, large, meaty, red skin and flesh. Excellent flavour.
Purple King
Uses: Dessert
Ripe: February
Pollinator:
Origin: Northland
Available:  ScionwoodLarge Plum, excellent flavour.