£45.00 – £75.00
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Flowering in Apr, May
Hardy (Cold winter)
Height (when grown)
Fruiting in Sep
Shropshire Prune is a delight to the eyes with its froth of white blossom in late spring. Cropping in September is worth the wait for its marvellous tart flavoured fruit. It makes incomparable jam, compotes and crumbles and after being dried into a prune, it can be an excellent ingredient in savoury dishes as well. You can also make your own Damson Gin. Simply delicious.
Prune damsons give a good crop and last well on the tree and can be picked from September onwards. Once tasted, a Shropshire Prune damson is not forgotten. This is a very old English variety, and so you can rely on this hardy tree to thrive in the North. Damsons are a great source of food to birds, bees and wildlife which is very important with so many in decline.
A small hardy tree, it is more tolerant of soil and site conditions although it does prefer sun. It is generally far less susceptible to disease than a regular plum and requires little maintenance although it will thank you for a little mulch, compost or manure in spring. Stone fruit should be pruned in summer to but only prune when necessary to remove dead or diseased wood or if you require a more tidy shape.
History: Shropshire Damson Prune
Damsons, it is said could be found as far back as ten thousand years ago in history. One of the first domesticated trees, they existed in large growths around Damascus. Then on to Rome and hence to our shores.
The mists of time have swallowed information about this tree’s parents. There is a reference to it from the 1670’s, when prunes were a very widely used winter food, naming it as the Shropshire Prune; these days the name Damson Prune is more common. However as we live and grow our trees here in Shropshire we still hold onto its Original name.
The tree is watered before being carefully packed by one of our experienced staff on site. It comes in a cardboard box lined with straw. (We try to use as much recycling material as possible) The box is addressed to the customer or a specified name and address and sent out overnight delivery to arrive on requested dates.
Please note the size of the tree that you are ordering, as our trees are provided for our clients to plant themselves, which may appear at a small size rather than the fully grown tree as shown in the photos.
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