damson 'Shropshire Damson'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: will tolerate most soils, except very chalky or badly drained
- Rate of growth: average
- Ultimate size on Pixie rootstock: 3 x 3m
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Damsons are a great fruit to grow if you are a novice gardener as they are hardier than its closest relative, the plum, and will cope with a wide range of soils. Native to the West Midlands, this small, compact tree was originally found in the local hedgerows. It is a self-fertile variety with medium sized fruits that can be cooked or baked and used in a variety of tasty recipes.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker.
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