Damson Tree 'Merryweather' - Root Wrapped
Damson Merryweather is an excellent dessert plum tree variety with large to medium sized fruits, ovoid to round in shape, that are ready for picking from late September onwards. Its blue-black fruits are full of distinctive flavour - moderately sweet but wonderfully rich and tangy at the same time. They make delicious tarts, jams and autumn preserves or can be eaten freshly picked right of the tree when ripe, softer and sweeter.
- Flower Colour: white
- Foliage Colour: green
- Approx. Growth Height: 4-5m
- Comes in a: no pot - root wrapped
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
- Flowering Period: late winter, early spring (February - April)
- Harvesting Period: September
- Season of Use: late September - October
- Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
- Growing Habit: bush, fan, half-standard
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: sheltered
- Self-fertilising: yes
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Scented: barely
- Wildlife friendly
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: almost all normal garden soil with pH 6.0 - 7.5
- Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile
Q:Does Height Really Matter?
A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Donít let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, youíre going to have to chop it off anyway!
Caring and Maintenance
Water young trees regularly until roots are well-established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.
Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.0 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Dig a hole approximately a third wider than the root ball. Carefully yet firmly backfill the remaining soil around the root ball and water well during the first year until well established.
Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.
- Pollination: flowering group 3, self-fertilising
Each fruiting tree has ideal pollination partners. These are divided into groups and are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if variety is planted near another fruit tree of the same group, or from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4). In normal suburban planting, plum trees are usually planted in large numbers to give adequate pollination. The major cause of poor pollination is bad weather in blossom time, limiting the activity of insects.
These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.
Fruit Tree Rootstocks
Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:
Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Coxís Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.
- The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
- How itís pruned
- Soil type
- Its rootstock
This is a typical example of our root wrapped trees that you will receive - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season. Please be aware that the compost around the roots is there just to keep them moist and will fall away when unwrapped, leaving a bare-rooted plant. You can mix this compost with your soil when planting your tree.