Order now for delivery September 2020We are open. You can order now for delivery in September (or December for bare-root).
Orange Pippin Trees UK logo

Blue Violet damson trees

Prunus insititia
Blue Violet
  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile

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

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree VVA-1 rootstock £43.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £42.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree VVA-1 rootstock £23.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £32.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

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

The relatively large fruit size and sweet flesh of Blue Violet suggests there might be some plum ancestry in its background. It also has a less dense canopy than most other damsons and is therefore less suitable for use in fruiting hedges.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

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

Blue Violet characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food usesCulinary
  • Cling-stoneClingstone

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Frost resistance of blossomGood resistance

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourBlue - dark