King of the Damsons damson trees

King of the Damsons damson tree blossom
  • Pick: Late-season (mid-September)
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

King of the Damsons, also known as Bradley's King is a large-fruited purple-blue damson which ripens in September.

The flavour is less astringent and slightly milder than other damsons.

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

King of the Damsons damson trees for sale

Deliveries every week until the end of February

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock 27.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of King of the Damsons


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive tree
    Leaves turn yellow in autumn.
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Silverleaf: Very resistant?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Blue - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for King of the Damsons

King of the Damsons is in flowering group 2. King of the Damsons is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow King of the Damsons damson trees

Suitable for most areas of the UK.

Historical details

Nottinghamshire, 1880s.

Botanical name

Prunus insititia 'King of the Damsons'

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