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
Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrizal Fungi
    Add +
  • Grow Your Own - Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy - 1L
    Add +
  • One Tree Stake and Tie Kit - 1.2m
    Add +
  • All-purpose Liquid Seaweed Stimulant by Empathy - 1L
    Add +
Selected items will be included with your purchase

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: Don’t 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, you’re 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.

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 it’s 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 Cox’s 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.

Where you grow your fruit tree and the soil it is growing in also impacts on its ability to grow and thus eventual size. Most fruit trees need a good amount of sunshine to grow well and for the fruit to ripen with high sugar content. Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for the soil, with trees growing in light sandy soils generally growing more slowly and not reaching such a large size as those in rich fertile soils which will be more vigorous and taller growing.

Growth 3 Months After Planting In June


Tree When Planted In March

Optional Extras
  • Fruit Tree Grease Band - 1.75m
    Add +
  • Fruit Tree Greasebands - 1.75m
    Add +
Selected items will be included with your purchase

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
Rating: 5/5

"As Above"

Reviewed Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Rating: 5/5

"Excellent service and quality ....thank you"

Reviewed Friday, 17 February 2017

Rating: 4/5

"After five days from ordering I contacted Primrose via email to find out when I would receive the tree and it arrived the next day. It would have been nice to hear the tree was dispatched, it took longer than advertised online."

Reviewed Wednesday, 21 December 2016

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

Answer from Primrose: "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

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