Aylesbury Prune damson trees

Aylesbury Prune damson tree

Aylesbury Prune is a traditional English culinary damson, which used to be grown commercially on a small-scale in the Vale of Aylesbury and surrounding areas of Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

The fruits are small, blue-black in colour, and the stone is clinging.

Aylesbury Prune damson trees for sale

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Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £18.45

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.

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Summary features of Aylesbury Prune

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Flowering season: Early
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Blue - dark
  • Blossom colour: White

Climate

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

Pollination guide for Aylesbury Prune

Aylesbury Prune is in flowering group 2. Aylesbury 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.

How to grow Aylesbury Prune damson trees

Although usually trained as a bush-tree for best fruit production, Aylesbury Prune can also be grown as a fruiting hedge.

It is likely to be tolerant of chalk, since the Vale of Aylesbury borders the chalky soils of the Chiltern hills.

Historical details

Aylesbury Prune is assumed to originate from the Vale of Aylesbury, a traditional fruit-growing area to the west of the Chiltern hills. As well as its culinary uses, Aylesbury Prune damsons were also used in the manufacture of clothing dyes.

As with many old damson varieties, its origins are unknown, and it is not even certain whether it is a true damson (Prunus insititia) or a plum (Prunus domestica) or a natural hybrid. However like many damsons it grows relatively true from seed and is also easy to propagate on its own roots.

Botanical name

Prunus insititia 'Aylesbury Prune'


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