Hardy, deciduous fruit tree
Description: Bears simple, small white flowers in early spring followed by ovoid-shaped, dark indigo blue-skinned fruits with clingstone flesh; trees are self-fruitful and do not require cross-pollination
Habit: Grows to 12-15’ high and wide; shrubby
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade and medium to dry, well-drained soil
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Attributes: Attracts birds, edible fruits
The name Damson derives from the Latin Prunus damascenum, “Plum of Damascus,” where the species was believed to have originated before its introduction into England and Ireland. In 1778 Thomas Jefferson planted a number of fruits, including the “Damascene” plum in the south-facing orchard at Monticello. The Damson was brought to America by English settlers long before the American Revolution and was a favorite of the early colonist. The tart fruits are especially desirable in jams and jellies. Bees are essential for good pollination and abundant fruit production.
This plant will ship bare root. Tree is approximately 3' tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.