Damson - Merryweather

Merryweather Damson

Prunus insititia
A very popular large damson regarded by some as a small plum with damson flavour.

Origin: Nottinghamshire UK 1907

Pollination:  Merryweather is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Damson Trees

Merryweather 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
VVA-1 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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VVA-1 - Dwarfing   2 years Fan Trained
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WA-VIT - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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S-766 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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Adaptabil - Semi-vigorous   2 years Bush
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St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
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St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained
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St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
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Brompton - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
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History and description of Merryweather

Merryweather damson was raised at and named after Merryweather's Nursery, Southwell Nottinghamshire, UK and introduced in 1907. Received the RHS Award of Merit in 1907 and a First Class Certificate in 1913. Parentage is not known. The fruit size and tree habit have led to suspicions that it may not be a true damson.

A very large fruit for a damson. The size of a small plum. Blue-black skin with a heavy bloom of lighter blue. Firm, greenish yellow flesh. Clinging stone. Good damson flavour. Good for freezing and using during the winter.

Moderately vigrous spreading tree resembling a plum tree rather than a damson tree in many respects. Regular, good cropper.

Main characteristics of Merryweather

Use Culinary
Colour Blue Black
Flavour Sharp
Fruit size  Large
Season of use  E Sep

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Cropping Good
Suitable for Northern Britain
Wet Regions

Pollination date  19
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self Fertile
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