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, below medium size; roundish oval, with a very faint suture. Skin, dull yellow, red on the side next the sun, and covered with a thin bloom. Stalk, over three-quarters of an inch long, slender, curved, inserted in a slight cavity. Flesh, melting, juicy, and sweet, adhering to the stone.
Fruit, large, oval, somewhat flattened on one side, where it is marked with a rather deep suture, extending the whole length of the fruit. Skin, dark purple, streaked and dotted with yellow, and covered with thick blue bloom. Stalk, about an inch long, inserted in a narrow and rather deep cavity. Flesh, yellowish, firm, and juicy, richly flavoured and sweet, with a slight musky aroma, and adhering to the stone.
Imperiale Rouge. See Bed Magnum Bonum. Impériale Violette. See Bed Magnum Bonum. Irving's Bolmar. See Washington.
Fruit, medium sized; obovate. Skin, deep dull red, but paler red where shaded, and strewed with darker red dots. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long. Flesh, yellow, juicy, rich, and adhering to the stone.
A dessert and preserving plum; ripe in the beginning of September.
Raised by Mr. Thomas Plumley, of Ashton, near Bristol, about the year 1824, from seed of Red Magnum Bonum. It was first brought into notice by Mr. George Lindley, when he was employed in the nursery of Messrs. Miller and Sweet of that city.
Fruit, medium sized; roundish, slightly flattened at the base, and marked with a well-defined suture, which is much higher on one side. Skin, thick, membranous, and rather bitter, of a pale purple colour, changing to brownish as it ripens, and covered with fine blue bloom. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, slender, inserted in a deep cavity. Flesh, yellowish green, not at all juicy, firm, rich, sugary, and excellent, separating from the stone.
A preserving and dessert plum; ripe in the beginning of September. Young shoots, smooth. The tree is exceedingly productive.
Fruit, largo; oval, narrowing a little towards the stalk, and marked with a shallow suture. Skin, dark purplish blue, veined and strewed with yellow dots, and covered with thick blue bloom. Stalk, half an inch long, stout, and inserted in a pretty deep cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, firm, not very juicy, sweet, and richly flavoured; when highly ripened separating from the stone.
An excellent dessert or preserving plum; ripe in the beginning of September, and will hang till it shrivels, when it is very rich and delicious. The fruit is much improved by being grown against a wall The tree is a good bearer. Young shoots, smooth.