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Prunus domestica subsp. insititia 'Shropshire Prune'

Common Name(s):
Damson
Categories:
Edible Plants, Trees
Comment:

Damson plum tree is a variety of European plum. It is self-fertile which does not require another tree for pollination, yet planting two different cultivars is recommended. It is cold hardy and resistant diseases. The mature size of the tree depends on the version you choose, standard or dwarf. Needs little maintenance. Chilling requirement of about 800 hours.

Height:
10 ft. or 20 ft.
Flower:
The white, clustered flowers bloom in April.
Zones:
5-7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Full sun. Can tolerate many types of soils.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Oval shape
Edibility:
The small to medium sized fruit has blue skin and yellow flesh. It is said the flesh has an astringent taste which makes it more suitable to make jams, canning or preserving. Ripens from August to early September.
Width:
10 ft. or 20 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate growth rate with 13-24'' per year.
Leaf:
The green elliptic leaves have fine tooth on the margin.
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 3006

Prunus domestica subsp. insititia 'Shropshire Prune' Flower
Photo by Dan Kristiansen, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Prunus domestica subsp. insititia 'Shropshire Prune' Fruit and leaves
Photo by Colin, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Prunus domestica subsp. insititia 'Shropshire Prune' Fruit
Photo by myri_bonnie, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Prunus domestica subsp. insititia 'Shropshire Prune' Preserving Damson
Photo by charlie charlie, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0