This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Fruit, medium sized; oval, narrowing a little towards the stalk, and slightly marked with a suture on one side. Skin, thin and tender, pale yellow. Flesh, yellow, separating with diiiiculty from the stone, juicy and melting, with a sweet and agreeable sub-acid flavour.
It was raised by T. A. Knight, Esq., the President of the Horticultural Society, from the seed of Magnum Bonum, impregnated with Blue Impératrice, and the fruit was first exhibited at the Society in 1823.
Fruit, below medium size; smaller, but much resembling the Green Gage in shape, being round, indented at the apex, and marked on one side by a distinct but very shallow suture. Skin, tender, fine bright yellow, and marked with numerous crimson spots when exposed to the sun, covered with thin white bloom. Stalk, slender, half an inch long, inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, yellow, melting, with a rich, sugary, and delicious flavour; separating from the stone.
An excellent little dessert plum; ripe the middle of August. The young shoots are downy. The tree is not a vigorous grower, but in general a pretty good bearer; succeeds well against a wall, and is better suited for a dwarf than a standard. It is very subject to produce numerous tufts of slender shoots, which ought to be removed, as they tend much to the injury of the fruit.
Fruit, large, or above medium size; roundish oval, marked with a very slight suture. Skin, reddish purple, covered with thin bloom, clouded when fully ripe. Stalk, long and stout. Flesh, dull greenish yellow, or orange; firm, yet melting and juicy, parting freely from the stone.
A handsome early plum; ripe in the beginning of August.
This was raised by Mr. Dry, at Hayes, in Middlesex, and when exhibited before the Fruit Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society, August 17th, 1869, was awarded a first-class certificate.
Fruit, large; roundish obovate, marked with a shallow suture, and with a regular and even outline. Skin, thin, light purple, covered with a dense light bluish bloom. Flesh, reddish yellow, juicy, and richly flavoured, separating freely from the stone.
An excellent culinary plum; ripe in the middle of August. The tree is a great bearer.
This was raised by Mr. Dry, of Hayes, in Middlesex, and was awarded a first-class certificate by the Royal Horticultural Society, at the meeting in August, 1870.