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.
All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.
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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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Merryweather is a traditional English damson, but origins unknown.