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

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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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