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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.  The flesh is also fairly dry, which is useful because it avoids

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 £25.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £33.95
    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)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now for delivery from late August / early September 2021 for pot grown trees (or late November / early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.

How to grow

King of the Damsons is suitable for most areas of the UK.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Bradley's King was introduced by a Mr Bradley of Nottingham in the 1880s. It is often known as the King of the Damsons on account of the large fruit size.

King of the Damsons characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesCulinary
  • Cling-stoneFreestone

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • SilverleafVery resistant

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colourBlue - dark