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Merryweather

Merryweather

Although a damson, 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 flavor.

Prunus insititia

Merryweather damson trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 33.95
    VVA-1 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 33.95
    Wavit rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 31-year maiden bare-root tree 33.95
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 41-year maiden bare-root tree 33.95
    Brompton rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
Next deliveries

Deliveries resume December 2020


How to grow

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.

History

UK, but origins unknown.

Merryweather characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping1 week
  • Useful forCulinary
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • SilverleafVery resistant
  • Climate typeTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourBlue - dark