De Chypre

Fruit, very large; roundish, and depressed at the apex, with a shallow suture extending the whole length of the fruit, and terminating in a small nipple. Skin, bright purple, covered with blue bloom. Stalk, short and thick, slightly depressed. Flesh, hard and sour, adhering to the stone, but when highly ripened it is sugary, tender, and well flavoured.

Ripe in the beginning and middle of August. The young shoots are smooth, strong, and vigorous, the whole appearance of the tree resembling strongly the Italian Damask.

This is the Prune de Chypre of Duhamel, and is a very different variety from the Damas Musqué, which, according to Duhamel, is sometimes known by this name, and which is made synonymous with De Chypre in the Horticultural Society's Catalogue.

De Chypre. See Damas Musqué

Coe's. See Coe's Golden Drop.

Coe's Golden Drop (Bury Seedling; Coe's; Coe's Imperial; Fair's Golden Drop; Golden Drop; Golden Gage)

Fruit, very large, being generally about two inches and a half long, and two inches in diameter; of an oval shape, with a short neck at the stalk, marked by a deep suture, extending the whole length of the fruit. Skin, pale yellow, mottled with a number of dark red spots. Stalk, about an inch long, stout, and attached without depression. Flesh, yellowish red, sugary, and delicious, adhering closely to the stone.

One of the best dessert plums, fit either for the dessert or preserving; ripe in the end of September. The tree is healthy, vigorous, and an abundant bearer, and the young shoots are smooth. In the "Guide to the Orchard," Lindley says that by hanging the fruit in a dry, airy place, or wrapping it in soft paper and keeping it dry, it will last a considerable time, and he has eaten it, when kept in this way, twelve months after it had been gathered.

It was raised about the end of the last century by one Jervaise Coe, a market gardener at Bury St. Edmunds, in Suffolk, and, as he supposed, was produced from the stone of a Green Gage impregnated by the White Magnum Bonum, these two varieties having grown side by side in his garden.

Coe's Imperial. See Coe's Golden Drop.

Coe's Late Red (St. Martin; St. Martin Rouge)

Fruit, medium sized; round, marked on one side with a deep suture. Skin, bright purple, covered with a thin blue bloom. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, not depressed. Fruit, yellowish, firm and juicy, with a sweet and sprightly flavour, and separating from the stone.

As a late plum, ripening in the end of October, and hanging for a month or six weeks later, this is a valuable variety. Shoots, downy.

Columbia (Columbia Gage)

Fruit, very large, being two inches or more in diameter; almost perfectly round. Skin, deep reddish purple, thickly covered with blue bloom, and dotted with yellowish dots. Stalk, an inch long, inserted in a small narrow cavity. Flesh, orange, with a rich, sugary, and delicious flavour, separating from the stone.

A valuable dessert plum of the first quality; ripe the beginning and middle of September. The young shoots are downy. The tree is vigorous, and an excellent bearer. The fruit is considerably larger than the Washington.

This is an American variety, and was raised from the Green Gage by Mr. L. W. Lawrence, of Hudson, in the State of New York.

Columbia Gage. See Columbia. Cooper's Blue Gage. See Early Blue.