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Damson Tree 'Merryweather' - Bare Root

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Damson Tree 'Merryweather' - Bare Root
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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.

Characteristics

  • 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

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: full sun
  • Soil Requirements: almost all normal garden soil with pH 6.0 - 7.5
  • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile

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.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 5m

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

  • 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.

Fruit Benefits

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:

  • The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
  • How itís pruned
  • Soil type
  • Position
  • Its rootstock
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.

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.

 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.3/5 (9 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"no sign of any greenery buds etc just waiting to see if life bursts out soon again no sign of damage all instructions followed to the word"

Reviewed Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Rating: 5/5

"Damson tree now planted, just in time for today's rain!

Roots seemed a bit small for a tree but maybe that's how they should be?
"

Reviewed Sunday, 17 May 2015

Rating: 2/5

"I am a little concerned as the bark appears to have been damaged on the main stem in several places. Only time will tell if the tree survives as it has already been planted."

Reviewed Monday, 2 March 2015

Primrose says: "Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear your tree arrived in poor condition, but are glad to see you got in touch with customer services to resolve this problem."
Rating: 5/5

"As Above"

Reviewed Saturday, 6 December 2014

Rating: 5/5

"well rooted tree"

Reviewed Sunday, 1 June 2014

Rating: 5/5

"The damson tree arrived very quickly, it was very well packed and very healthy."

Reviewed Thursday, 15 May 2014

Rating: 5/5

"As Above"

Reviewed Monday, 31 March 2014

Rating: 5/5

"Great Service"

Reviewed Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Rating: 2/5

"The tree I purchased has remained very dormant since it arrived. The plant stood in a bucket of water over night and was planted the next day and here it is early June and we do not have bud burst, I shall continue to monitor it and let you know the outcome."

Reviewed Monday, 3 June 2013

Primrose says: "Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear you have received a tree in this condition, but are glad to see customer service was able to help."

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