Merryweather damson trees

Merryweather damson tree
  • Best seller
  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-September)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

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.

Merryweather damson trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock 22.90 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Wavit rootstock 27.90 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock 25.75 Sold outalert me

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 Merryweather

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Silverleaf: Very resistant?

Uses

Identification

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

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Tolerates north-facing shade

Pollination guide for Merryweather

Merryweather is in flowering group 3. Merryweather 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. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other damson trees.

How to grow Merryweather damson trees

Merryweather is a large vigorous tree, which tends to be spreading rather than vertical in its growth like most damsons. It is also more precocious than other damsons, and you may get a crop from trees which are 3-4 years old.

Like most damsons, Merryweather tolerates wet and cold situations and is resistant to silverleaf.

Historical details

UK, but origins unknown.

Botanical name

Prunus insititia 'Merryweather'