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, larger than the Green Gage; round, and very much flattened, marked with a shallow suture. Skin, thin, and so transparent as to show the texture of the flesh, and also the stone, when the fruit is held up between the eye and the light; greenish yellow, dotted and marbled with red. Stalk, half an inch long, thin, and inserted in a rather deep cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, rather firm and transparent, very juicy, and with a rich honied sweetness, separating from the stone.
A most delicious dessert plum; ripe in the beginning of September. Young shoots, smooth.
Fruit, very large; roundish oval. Skin, reddish purple, dotted with yellow russet dots, and covered with very thick bluish white bloom. Stalk, thick, about an inch long, inserted in a deep cavity. Flesh, firm and crisp, juicy, sugary, and deliciously flavoured, and separating from the stone.
One of the finest dessert plums; ripe in the end of August and beginning of September. Shoots, downy.
Verdacia. See Green Gage. Verdochio. See Green Gage. Verte Bonne. See Green Gage. Verte Tiquetée. See Green Gage.
Fruit, large; roundish oval, marked with a shallow suture. Skin, bright red on the side next the sun, but pale red on the shaded side, and covered with thin bloom. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, stout. Flesh, yellow, very juicy, sweet, and pleasantly flavoured, separating from the stone.
A culinary plum; ripe in the beginning and middle of September. The tree is an immense bearer, and ought to find a place in every garden, however small. Young shoots, downy.
This is a Sussex plum, and was discovered in a garden at Alderton in that county. It became known as Sharp's Emperor, and was ultimately sold by a nurseryman named Denver, at Brixton, near London, at a high price as a new variety under the name of Denyer's Victoria, in the year 1844.
Fruit, medium sized; oval, without any apparent suture, but slightly flattened on one side; narrowing towards the stalk, and slightly flattened on one side. Skin, reddish purple, covered with delicate blue bloom. Stalk, half an inch long, pretty stout and downy, inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, yellow, firm, sweet, and briskly flavoured, separating from the stone.
A good plum either for the dessert or preserving; ripe in the end of August. Young shoots, downy. Tree, vigorous, but generally a shy bearer, except in a dry, warm situation, when it is very prolific.
In the Horticultural Society's Catalogue this is made synonymous with Queen Mother, which has smooth shoots. The error may have arisen from Parkinson making his Damask Violet the same as Queen Mother, but these are two very distinct varieties. The fruit of the one is ovate, and the other round.