Damsons

Damson trees have been around in the UK for centuries and can be regarded as native in many parts. We have a selection of reliable hardy Damson tree varieties for sale that fruit into September, the heart of the fruit picking time.

All grown on moderate vigour St Julien A rootstock. They all have the advantage of being self fertile.

Discount information - the following discounts apply on total order value, excluding carriage - 5% on 5+ trees, 10% on 10+ trees. Carriage based on quantity - see the Delivery page for more details.

Damson trees are dispatched between late November and early April when dormant

Having ordered we will acknowledge your order before being in contact as soon as we can from late November to arrange delivery or collection. Payment will not be taken until October.

 

 

  • Farleigh

    Farleigh

    £18.50

    A Damson producing small oval blue black fruits with a heavy blue bloom. Particularly heavy cropping when established and often loaded with fruit in clusters as in the photo Hardy, good for all areas. Often used as a windbreak tree and around edges of orchards. Self fertile. Rootstock: St Julien A.

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  • Merryweather Damson

    Merryweather Damson

    £18.50

    This 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 offered. Self fertile. Rootstock: St Julien A

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  • Michaelmas Damson

    Michaelmas Damson

    £18.50

    Produces small round dark purple damsons with an easily removed bloom. No more than 25mm/1" across. The greenish yellow flesh is sharply astringent so to use needs cooking.

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  • Shropshire Prune

    Shropshire Prune

    £18.50

    Known as the 'Greengage of the Damsons'. Grown for a long time in Britain, maybe native. Has a number of different names ie Westmorland Damson which relates to the area where grown. Medium sized long, oval fruits, blue black with a good flavour considered the best of the Damsons. Self fertile. Rootstock: St Julien A.

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  • Sweet Damson

    Sweet Damson

    £18.50

    How can a damson be sweet? It sounds like an antithesis! Maybe called a damson because of the small fruit size. Elliptical in shape, the dark purple skin has sweet greenish yellow flesh beneath. Ripe from late August / early September.

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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 help with pollination.
Damsons are used to make a variety of products - jams, jellies, chutneys, wine and Damson Gin. In the past the skins of the fruit were used to manufacture purple dye.