Damson - Farleigh Damson

Farleigh Damson Damson

Prunus insititia
Our local variety. A heavy cropping popular small fruited damson.

Origin: Kent UK 1820

Pollination:  Farleigh Damson is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Damson Trees



Farleigh Damson Damson Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form Availability Price Qty required
VVA-1 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Sold out £19.00
Krymsk 2 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Sold out £19.00
St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £19.00
St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard Sold out £29.50
Brompton - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £19.00
The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20




History and description of Farleigh Damson

Farleigh damson was found as a wild seedling by James Crittenden of Farleigh, Kent, UK and introduced c 1820.

Small, round oval fruit. Blue-black with a light blue bloom. Good strong damson flavour. Prolific regular cropper producing clusters of fruit.

Compact tree with a dense growth of thorny branches. Suitable for incorporating into hedgerows.




Main characteristics of Farleigh Damson

Use Culinary
Colour Blue Black
Flavour Sharp
Fruit size  Small
Season of use  M Sep

Tree vigour  Moderate
Cropping Heavy
Suitable for Northern Britain
Wet Regions

Pollination date  23
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Langley Bullace
Other names  Crittenden's Damson, Cluster Damson, farleigh prolific