Blue Violet damson trees

Blue Violet damson tree
  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Blue Violet is a traditional English damson from Cumbria.

It ripens a earlier than other damsons, and also has a sweeter flavour - unusually for a damson it can be eaten fresh as well as being versatile in the kitchen. The fruit size is also a bit larger than normal for damsons.

Blue Violet is also easy to pick, as the fruits fall from the tree in the wind or when shaken.

Blue Violet damson trees for sale

Order now for delivery in September (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £32.45

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.

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.

Summary features of Blue Violet

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Fruit drops when ripe?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?

Uses

Identification

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

Climate

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

Pollination guide for Blue Violet

Blue Violet is in flowering group 3. Blue Violet 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.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Blue Violet damson trees

For best fruit size and flavour you can thin the fruitlets after the blossom has finished.

Historical details

Blue Violet was found in the 1930s in the Lyth Valley, in the old county of Westmorland - the heart of English damson cultivation.

Botanical name

Prunus insititia 'Blue Violet'


UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.