King of the Damsons damson trees

King of the Damsons damson tree blossom
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

King of the Damsons, also known as Bradley's King is a large-fruited purple-blue damson which ripens in September.

The flavour is less astringent and slightly milder than other damsons.

Unusually amongst damsons, this is a freestone fruit - the stone falls away cleanly from the flesh.

King of the Damsons damson trees for sale

Order now for delivery from week commencing 30th January.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Pixy rootstock £18.95 Sold outalert me
Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock £26.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £19.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £27.95 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.

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 King of the Damsons

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive tree
    Leaves turn yellow in autumn.
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Silverleaf: Very resistant?

Uses

Identification

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

Climate

Pollination guide for King of the Damsons

King of the Damsons is in flowering group 2. King of the Damsons 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 King of the Damsons damson trees

Suitable for most areas of the UK.

Historical details

Nottinghamshire, 1880s.

Botanical name

Prunus insititia 'King of the Damsons'


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