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Damson trees

The name damson is thought to have been derived from damascene plum, in other words plum of Damascus. However the link implied by this name to the Middle East is rather tenuous. Whatever its origins, the damson has become a very traditional British fruit. Its distinctive bitter-sharp flavour and intense purple colour is unique. It makes the most wonderful jams and jellies as well as traditional products such as damson cheese and damson gin. Damson trees are very hardy and grow well throughout almost the entire country. They have a naturally bushy growth habit. Click here for a guide to choosing damson, cherry plum and bullace trees.