Variety: Opal

Species: Prunus domestica


Breeder, Place Horticultural Research Station Alnarp, Sweden
Parents Oullins Reneklode x Early Favorite, 1925
Property rights free variety


Blooming date medium early, relatively resistant against late frost
Fertility self-fertile, good pollinator


Ripening time medium early, 3.-4. plum week
Scale, shape medium large, Ø 40 mm, 35-40 g, globose, tends to have small fruits at to high crop load
Colour red purple over colour, yellowish green ground colour
Fruit flesh golden, medium firm, very juicy
Taste sweet, low acidity, to high crop load leads to deteriorating taste
Cracking sensitivity low
Stone separability freestone
Plum pox sensitive


Vigour medium strong, harmonious growth
Crop load from an early age high yield


Opal is an attractive and colourful variety. Thorough fruit-thinning is necessary for maintaining good fruit quality and size. Otherwise small fruit and biennial bearing will be an issue. Because of the freestone Opal is also well suited for baking.


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