Damson - Shropshire Prune

Shropshire Prune Damson

Prunus insititia
A classic damson considered to be one of the best flavoured.

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

A guide to choosing Damson Trees



Shropshire Prune 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 2019/20 £19.00
VVA-1 - Dwarfing   2 years Bush Available £29.50
WA-VIT - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Sold out £19.00
Adaptabil - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £19.00
St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £19.00
St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price* Sold out £14.25
St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard 2019/20 £29.50
St Julien A - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price* Sold out £22.50
Brompton - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £19.00
Brompton - Very vigorous   2 years Standard 2019/20 £29.50

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 Shropshire Prune

Shropshire Prune damson is an old variety dating back to at least the 17th Century presumably from Shropshire, UK. Has been grown commercially in the UK for processing.

Small, oval fruit. Blue-black with a dense bloom. Strong, rich, astringent damson flavour. Considered to be the best flavoured damson.

Compact tree with dense twiggy branches. Fair and regular cropper but never producing very heavy crops like the Farleigh damson.




Main characteristics of Shropshire Prune

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

Tree vigour  Small
Suitable for Northern Britain
Wet Regions

Pollination date  24
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self Fertile
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