Merryweather damson trees

Merryweather damson tree
  • Best seller
  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-September)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Merryweather is one of the most widely-planted and hardy damsons. The fruit is large by damson standards and Merryweather is in some ways more like a small plum.

The fruit can be eaten fresh if left to hang on the tree, but damsons really come into their own for culinary use, where they can subsitute for plums yet have a distinctive rich flavour.

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

Merryweather damson trees for sale

Delivery from week commmencing 21st October 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - VVA-1 rootstock £33.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £33.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £37.95 Sold outalert me

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock £27.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Wavit rootstock  less than 5 in stock £19.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £19.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £19.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £27.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock £31.50 Sold outalert me
Full size  (4.5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Brompton rootstock £19.95 Sold outalert me

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Fan -12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £55.95 Enquire

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.

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Summary features of Merryweather

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • 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: Very resistant?

Uses

Identification

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

Climate

Pollination guide for Merryweather

Merryweather is in flowering group 3. Merryweather 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 Merryweather damson trees

Merryweather produces a large vigorous tree, which tends to be spreading rather than vertical in its growth like most damsons. The canopy is also less "twiggy" and more plum-like than other damsons, making it less suitable for use in fruiting hedges.

Merryweather is more precocious than other damsons, and you may get a crop from trees which are 2-4 years old.

Like most damsons, Merryweather tolerates wet and cold situations and is resistant to silverleaf.

Historical details

Merryweather is a traditional English damson, but origins unknown.

Botanical name

Prunus insititia 'Merryweather'


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

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