- Dark blue fruit with golden flesh
- Juicy and tart, excellent for home canning
- Ripens August to early September
- Later bloom time than Japanese plums
- Hardy, vigorous, bears heavy crops
- Grows to 10' to 20' with 10' to 20' spread
- Zones 5 to 7
- Can't ship to: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, HI, ID, LA, OR, SC, WA, CO
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Zones 5 - 7
The Damson Plum can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Damson Plum falls into the following type(s): Fruit Trees
10' - 20' High
The Damson Plum grows to be 10' - 20' feet in height.
10' - 20' Spread
The Damson Plum has a spread of about 10' - 20' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This plum does well in full sun.
This tree grows in a wide variety of soil types and has some tolerance for heavy and waterlogged soils. It prefers a moist, well drained, loamy, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil.
This plum has oval shape.
The Damson plum tree has many traits that make it a fine choice for the homeowner. These characteristics are a low and compact crown, tolerance to different kinds of soils, cold hardiness, resistance to diseases, and the ability to thrive with little or no care. The tart juicy plums are excellent for home canning. While the Damson plum is self-fertile and doesn't require another tree to produce fruit, planting two trees is recommended for a better crop (it will still require insects to pollinate its own flowers).
Our standard Damson Plum seedlings are budded to Nemaguard and Guardian peach rootstock, while our dwarf seedlings are grafted to Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry).
Chill hours (CU) requirement: 800. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32 and 45 degrees F in a typical winter season). For best fruit production, calculate the chill unit (CU) for your growing zone to be sure it aligns with the CU requirement of this tree.
Plum trees provide cover and food to butterfly larva, birds, and mammals.
Damson plum has the distinction of being around virtually unaltered for thousands of years. Its seeds have been found in prehistoric dwellings. It appears in ancient Mesopotamian records, and is the plum of the ancient Greek poets. It took its name from Damascus. From there, it was taken to Italy and then to the rest of Europe where it now grows wild and in home orchards. The strong similarities between wild and domestic trees, and between the descriptions of ancient writers and observations today make this fruit tree noted for its remarkable consistancy.The Damson is often grouped with the European plums, but botanists classify it as a separate species. It may be an ancestor of the European plum. Wild plum trees are symbolic of independence. Plum is the national flower of Taiwan, and its flowers are often depicted in Asian art.
The standard grows to 20', and dwarf grows to 10' in height.
Standard spread grows to 20', dwarf grows to 10'.
This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.
Simple, ovate or elliptic with acute or obtuse tips, finely toothed on the margins, green and often wrinkled on top, paler and softly hairy beneath.
Small, dark blue or purple 1" oval drupe with golden yellow firm flesh, taste can be either sour or sweet, clingstone. Ripens from August to early September.
A hardy plant that produces dark blue fruit with golden yellow flesh. Its low and compact crown, tolerance to a variety of soils, cold-hardiness, disease-resistance and ablility to thrive with little to no care make it a fine choice for the homeowner. The tart, juicy plums are excellent for home canning. Ripens from August to early September. While the Damson Plum is self-fertile and doesn't require another tree to produce fruit, planting two trees is recommended for a better crop (it will still require insects to pollinate its own flowers). (Zones 5-7)
Dwarf trees should be staked to ensure tree's ability to bear weight of fruit and protect against leaning.
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.