Organic Merryweather Damson Tree
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This self fertile damson variety is in fact a cross between a Damson and a plum and it's blue/black bloomy fruits are round oval with green yellow flesh with a damson flavour though not as intense as the other varieties...More information
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This self fertile damson is in fact a cross between a Damson and a plum. Its blue/black bloomy fruits are round oval, unlike most Damsons whose fruits are usually oval and taper to either end. The flesh is green yellow with a damson flavour though not as intense as the other varieties
Damson trees have been around in the UK for centuries and can be regarded as native in many parts. Damson trees mostly fruit into September, the heart of the fruit picking time. Grown on moderate vigour St Julien A rootstock, they have the advantage of being self fertile. Originally damsons came from around Damascus, Syria hence the name. Damson trees have been around in the UK for centuries and can be regarded as native in many parts. The Crusaders are said to have brought back damson stones to try in England. Damson trees are often found around sites of Roman camps so maybe the Romans introduced them.
Shropshire Prune is the closest to the original Damson brought back from the middle east and may well have bred with the native Sloe to become distinctive to areas where Damson trees have been much grown, such as Westmoreland. In other parts where plums have and are grown Damson trees are grown in the hedgerows around the orchards providing shelter to the more delicate plums and to help with pollination.
- Organic Merryweather Damson Trees supplied in moderately vigorous form on St Julien A rootstocks
- Trees grown on St Julien A rootstock approx. 1.5m when supplied and reach 4-5.5m (12' – 18’)
- Raised on Soil Association certified and DEFRA inspected specialist nursery
- Ideal for fan training on a sunny, south facing wall
- Fruits in 2-3 years
- Heavy and reliable cropper
- Suitable for growing as a bush tree
- Pollination group C but self fertile
- Popular dessert/culinary variety - pick in September
- Prune young trees in early spring and more established trees in mid-summer to avoid silverleaf
- Fruit is round oval in shape with a blue/black skin and yellow flesh
- Supplied with siting, planting and training leaflet
- Comes in maiden form for easy training and pruning
- Some frost resistance
- Ideal for making jams and preserves
Delivery - delivery of your fruit trees is £14.95 to most parts of the UK. Unfortunately fruit trees are unable to be delivered to Northern Ireland and Eire. Customers in the Scottish highlands and islands should e-mail our Customer Services Department or telephone on 0333 400 6400 (local rate) for a quotation.
Planting and Delivery Information
Planting - do not attempt to plant your fruit trees when the ground is frozen or waterlogged. The trees can be stored in their packaging in an outbuilding or garage for 2-3 days, or can be heeled into the soil where the ground is not as frozen. Alternatively, plant up in large pots or containers and ensure the roots have good contact with the soil.
Delivery - delivery of your fruit trees is £14.95 to most parts of the UK. Unfortunately fruit trees are unable to be delivered to Northern Ireland and Eire. Customers in the Scottish highlands and islands should e-mail our Customer Services Department or telephone on 0845 218 5301 for a quotation.