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Shropshire Prune damson trees

RHS AGM for Shropshire Prune
  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Shropshire Prune is the definitive northern English damson, with a distinctive astringent richness which makes it a versatile fruit for culinary purposes.

The centre of commercial damson production in the UK is Lyth Valley in Cumbria. Shropshire Prune (or its close relations) is the most widely planted variety in this area. Unlke almost all other fruit trees, damsons, particularly Shropshire Prune, actually like a damp climate - so if you live in the north or west of the UK, Shropshire Prune is worth considering.

Shropshire Prune is a semi-clingstone fruit - the stone is not easily parted from the flesh.

Order now for delivery week commencing 3rd November 2014 onwards (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Shropshire Prune damson trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - Pixy rootstock £31.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 7l pot - St.Julien rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £31.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £37.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Pixy rootstock £19.45
Small  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock £19.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £19.45
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £27.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £29.95
Full size  (4.5m+ after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - Brompton rootstock £29.95
Full size  (4.5m+ after 5-10 years) Standard 1.75m - bare-root - Brompton rootstock £29.95

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Fan 4-arm -12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £52.00 Sold outalert me

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 - see our Tree Height Calculator.

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 Shropshire Prune

    Growing

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

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Blue - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


Pollination guide for Shropshire Prune

Shropshire Prune is in flowering group 3. Shropshire Prune 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 Shropshire Prune damson trees

Shropshire Prune produces a typical damson tree - fairly small but upright, with densely packed branches. Indeed for this reason it can be used as a productive hedge. The tree is self-fertile, although cropping will be improved if there is another tree nearby.

Like all damsons, Shropshire Prune is very easy to grow, but produces lighter crops than Merryweather. The main factor affecting the crop is the weather in April when the tree is in blossom. Rain, wind, or frost at this time can reduce yields - not necessarily through damaging the blossom, but by discouraging insects and preventing pollination. Apart from that there is nothing much to worry about. Pruning is unnecessary (except to remove damaged branches - if so, this should be done only in summer).

For more information about growing and caring for damson trees, particularly Shropshire Prune, see the Westmorland Damson Association website.

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Historical details

UK, unknown origins.


Botanical name

Prunus insititia 'Shropshire Prune'


Related variety collections

Small orchard selection, Fruit trees for North West Scotland, Fruit trees for a north-facing wall



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