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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 24.95
    VVA-1 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    Wavit rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 31-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 41-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    Brompton rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)
    Out of stock


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

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-September
    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):1 week
    • Food uses:Culinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Vigour:Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Silverleaf:Very resistant
    • Disease resistance:Good
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F), Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour:Blue - dark