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King of the Damsons damson trees

Prunus insititia
King of the Damsons

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

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £32.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year half-standard bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £37.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Suitable for most areas of the UK.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Nottinghamshire, 1880s.

King of the Damsons characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food usesCulinary
  • Cling-stoneClingstone

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourVigorous
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • SilverleafVery resistant
  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

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

Identification

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