Plum, Merryweather Damson
Prunus insititia Merryweather Damson
Maiden, St Julien A, Bare Root (12 available)
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Maiden StJA Br
Plant Types & Availability - More information
Br = Bare Root Plant, Maidn = Maiden
Rootstock - St Julien A
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Large blue-black fruit of plum size but with true damson flavour. Prized for its distinctive, astringent, rich flavour when cooked or preserved but also good eaten fresh from the tree if left to fully ripen. Will succeed in exposed, wet districts where plums may fail and shows a good resistance to silver leaf disease. Reliable heavy cropper. Very popular variety, raised in Nottinghamshire in 1907.
Plum, Merryweather Damson is in pollination group 1, it is reasonably self-fertile but will fruit better with a pollinator. Choose a pollinator in group 1 or 2, click here for a list of suitable plums trees.
Plum, Merryweather Damson is available as:
Br = Bare Root Plant
Maiden - A maiden tree is a single stemmed tree which has not been trained so can be trained into whatever form you wish. It typically is between 1-2 metres tall and will have a few side shoots.
Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.
Items marked Br are bare rooted plants grown from cuttings and are typically 1-2 years old.
Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).
If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.
Rootstocks are used to restrict the vigour of fruit trees and allow a range to grow in a small space. They can also contribute to the disease resisting abilities of the plant.[from RHS - Update]
St Julien A - A semi-vigorous rootstock that is suitable for growing bush, half standard and fan trees. Typically fruits after 3 or 4 years and requires staking for 5 years. Tree spacing 5m (18ft). Ultimate height as trained as bush: 4.5-5m (14-18ft).