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Damson trees
Shropshire Prune

The definitive English damson, Shropshire Prune has the rich astringent flavour typical of damsons.
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Damson trees
Shropshire Prune
Picking seasonMid
CroppingLight
Keeping (of fruit)1 week
Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
Flavour qualityVery good
WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
Food usesCulinary
Cling-stoneClingstone
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Growing


Damson trees
Shropshire Prune
Gardening skillBeginner
Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
Flowering group3
Pollinating othersAverage
VigourWeak growing
Bearing regularityRegular
Organic cultureSuitable
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Problems


Damson trees
Shropshire Prune
SilverleafVery resistant
Disease resistanceGood
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Climate


Damson trees
Shropshire Prune
Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
Mild damp climates
Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
Cold (< 20C / 67F)
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Identification


Damson trees
Shropshire Prune
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Period of origin1800 - 1849
Flower colourWhite
Leaf colourGreen
Fruit colourBlue - dark
AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
Slow Food - Ark of Taste
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