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Damson Trees for the garden

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Chaps,

Can you recommend a variety of damson (or two) for the Seagrave garden?

I’ve got a run of 6m, divided into three 2m sections. Is that enough room for three specimens? My plan is to fan-train them?

What rootstock is most appropriate?

Do I have to worry about polllination?

Where should I buy them from?

How long ‘til I can make my own jam!?

 

LS

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I have a tree which produces fruit my grandmother called damazenes. They have the shape of a damson and the colour, the tree and flowers look similar but they produce a larger fruit which when ripe you can open and extract the stone as clean as a Victoria. They are delicious, freeze well and a few in a sweet jar with a handfull of dark brown sugar and a litre of vodka works wonders.   I will do my best to find the proper name. This one I planted 28yrs ago and has never failed to produce.

 

Even though you are planning to fan train, I think you are a little tight for space.

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I believe mine is Prunus Domestica but not certain of that. Google damsons and damazenes and there are a few specialist nurseries who could give you the information you require.

I can certainly recommend the one I have.

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18 hours ago, Walker570 said:

Took a picture or two of the tree in question ..well the fruit anyway and you can see how the stone separates where it doesn't on a normal damson.

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Thanks Walker - I’ll show that to the local nurseryman and see if they can id the variety.

Does it sucker? :hmm:

LS

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No suckers in 26yrs.  If you get a definitive answer then please let me know as I have forgotten what the label said when I planted it other than the nursery said it was a damson.

With a handful of dk brown sugar and a couple of litres of vodka it also makes a very nice tiple for 'elevensies' on shoot days.

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