Langley damson trees

Langley damson tree
  • Pick: Very late-season (mid-October)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Langley is a small-fruited and productive damson, closely related to Farleigh, which ripens very late in the autumn - typically mid-October.

The fruit is too astringent for eating fresh but is excellent for cooking. It is traditional to pick the fruit after the first frosts, which seem to concentrate the flavour.

It is a clingstone fruit - the stone is not easily parted from the flesh.

Langley damson trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of Langley


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



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


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

Pollination guide for Langley

Langley is in flowering group 3. Langley 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 Langley damson trees

Langley is a very hardy and vigorous tree, usually cropping heavily in almost any situation. A good choice for wet and windy climates.

Langley is self-fertile and will cross-pollinate with most other damsons and plums which flower in the middle of the blossom season.

Historical details

Langley was released by the Veitch Nursery in 1902, and named after one of their nursery sites at Langley, Berkshire. It is a cross between the Farleigh damson and Early Orleans plum. It was recognised by the RHS in 1902 and again in 1904.

It used to be known as Langley Bullace, bullaces being part of the same species as damsons - but nowadays it is generally regarded as a damson.

Botanical name

Prunus insititia 'Langley'

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