Green Gage plums produce fruit that is super sweet, a true dessert plum, but there is another sweet gage plum called Coe’s Golden Drop plum that rivals the Green Gage. Interested in learning how to grow Coe’s Gold Drop gage trees? The following gage tree information discusses growing Coe’s Golden Drop plums.
Gage Tree Information
Coe’s Golden Drop plums were bred from two classic plums, the Green Gage and the White Magnum, a large plum. The plum was raised by Jervaise Coe, in Suffolk at the end of the 18th century. The Coe’s Golden Drop plum has the ubiquitous sweet, rich gage-like flavor but is balanced by the acidic qualities of the White Magnum, allowing it to be sweet but not excessively so.
Coe’s Golden Drop looks like a traditional yellow English plum with the typical oval shape versus the rounder shape of its gage parent, plus it is significantly larger than Green Gage plums. It can be kept in the refrigerator for more than a week, which is unusual for plums. This large free-stone plum, with its balanced flavor between sweet and tangy, makes a very desirable cultivar.
How to Grow Coe’s Golden Drop Gage Trees
Coe’s Golden Drop is a late season plum tree that is harvested in mid-September. It does need another pollinator to set fruit, such as Green Gage, D’Agen, or Angelina.
When growing Coe’s Golden Drop Gage, select a site in full sun with well-draining loamy to sandy soil that has a neutral to acidic pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Situate the tree so that it is either southerly or easterly facing in a sheltered area.
The tree should reach its mature height of 7-13 feet (2.5 to 4 m.) within 5-10 years.