Langley damson trees

Langley damson tree
  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Langley is a small-fruited and productive damson, which ripens very late in the autumn - typically mid-October.

The fruit is too astringent for eating fresh but is excellent for cooking. It is traditional to pick the fruit after the first frosts, which seem to concentrate the flavour.

It is a clingstone fruit - the stone is not easily parted from the flesh.

Order now for delivery from September onwards.

Langley damson trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries December 2016 - March 2017)

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £29.95

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Langley


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Silverleaf: Some resistance?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Blue - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for Langley

Langley is in flowering group 3. Langley is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other damson trees.

How to grow Langley damson trees

Langley is a very hardy and vigorous tree, usually cropping heavily in almost any situation. A good choice for wet and windy climates.

Langley is self-fertile and will cross-pollinate with most other damsons and plums which flower in the middle of the blossom season.

Historical details

Langley, Hertfordshire, 1902. Recognised by the RHS in 1902 and again in 1904.

Used to be known as Langley Bullace, bullaces being part of the same species as damsons - but nowadays generally regarded as a damson.

Botanical name

Prunus insititia 'Langley'

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