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King of the Damsons damson trees

Prunus insititia
King of the Damsons
King of the Damsons is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
A traditional 19th century English damson from Nottinghamshire. Also widely-known as Bradley's King.

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King of the Damsons, also known as Bradley's King, is a large-fruited traditional 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 in cooking because it avoids too much liquid getting into the mix.

Unusually amongst damsons, this is a freestone fruit - the stone falls away cleanly from the flesh.

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
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

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

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • SilverleafVery resistant

Identification

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