Damson Plum Tree

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SKU
740

Popular, Time-Tested Variety Damson Plum Tree

  • Superior Fruit!
  • One of the Most Popular Plum Varieties!
  • Fragrant White Flowers
  • Later Frost-Proof Bloom Time
  • Oval Purple-Blue Fruit
  • Spicy-Tart Flavor!
  • August-September Harvest
  • Cold Hardy
  • Self-Fruitful Heavy Crop!
  • Fresh, Dried, Baked, Grilled & Preserves!
  • No Thinning Required!
  • Adaptable & Easy Care
  • Humidity & Coastal Tolerant
  • ~800 Chill Hours

Your Damson Plum (Prunus 'Blue Damson') is one of the most popular older varieties in America today! A hardy, fruit-bearing tree with delicious plums and a wide range of adaptability! Its tried and true hardiness has proven itself for hundreds of years!

White blooms sprinkle amid its branches in spring, a gentle welcome to the new season. It's not long before those dainty blooms transition into the tiny fruit that slowly ripens through the warm, summer months.

By late August you'll be astonished at how fully laden your tree is with its bounty. The small oval plums it produces have delightfully purple skin and delectable, yellow flesh. The flavor is spicy-tart and much prized for canning, wine and preserves. You'll also find it to be a delicious fresh eating fruit right off the tree, still warm from the sun's rays.

Also known as Blue Damson Plum Tree, these stone fruits are adaptable and easy to care for!

How to Use Damson Plum Tree In The Landscape

You'll want a spot where you can easily view this tree throughout the season, you won't want to miss watching your tasty plums ripen! The gorgeous white blooms are fragrant and call pollinators to your garden!

Great shape and lush foliage, these are ornamental specimens and focal points, as well as provide shade for your seating areas and garden beds. Plant as a beautiful flowering tree on your side yard or anchor a shed or garage.

As fantastic self-fertile orchard members, you’ll enjoy larger yields per tree as these blossoms help pollinate your other European Plum trees and vice versa. Create privacy for any sized yard by pruning to any size that creates screening and easy harvest.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Choose a location in your yard with a lot of full sun, although Damson will tolerate a little shade in the hot afternoon of the hottest growing zones of 5 through 9. Provide at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, favoring the drying power of the morning sun.

Fertilize your tree with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer or a good organic, slow-release fertilizer and add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots of your tree.

Protect your tree from frost pockets and with good air circulation. Prune to keep an open canopy so that both sunlight and airflow reach the interior. Our Garden Blog has great Fruit Tree Planting, Fruit Tree Pruning and Plum Tree Care tips and tricks!

New trees need consistent moisture while establishing, not allowing it to dry out between waterings. Then reduce your watering to moderate, yet consistent moisture during the heat of summer and when fruiting.

Plant this adaptable tree in enriched highly organic, well-drained soil, adding compost and manure to further enrich the soil. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Its harvest of spicy-sweet fruit is sure to bring a smile to your face, especially as Damson is heavy-bearing and requires little care. A fantastic fruit tree with all the amazing ornamental qualities your landscape needs, plus the delectable fruit that’s been a favorite fruit since ancient times!

Try one this summer, with or without a pollinator, and you'll see why so many consider Damson a ‘plum pick’ among Plum Tree varieties! Plant this antique beauty in your own orchard by ordering today at NatureHills.com!

Plum Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Damson Plum Trees to bear fruit?

Nature Hills Nursery sells fruit trees with mature root systems that are already three to four years old, so you’ll enjoy fruit sooner than you would with younger trees! Expect young Plum trees to begin fruiting usually by the 2nd to 4th year after they establish in your landscape.

How big do Damson Plum trees grow? How fast do Plum trees grow?

The Damson Plum tree can grow to a mature height of 15-20 feet and a mature width of 12-20 feet. 

Once your Plum tree has been established (after the first year), it can typically add 13-24 inches of new growth per growing season. If your plants are growing less than that in a season, it may be worth your while to check the fertility level.

Where is the best place to plant a Damson Plum Trees?

Plum trees grow best in well-drained, fertile soil in at least 6 hours of full sun per day or more. Provide good air circulation and moderate, yet consistent water in well-drained, fertile soil.

Do You Need 2 Plum Trees to Produce Fruit?

The Damson Plum trees are self fertile, so planting more than one Plum tree that blooms at about the same time, boosts yields on both trees and extends your harvest time! 

No room? Look into High-Density Planting techniques, or choose a semi-dwarf or dwarf fruit tree.

When Should Damson Plum Tree be Planted?

Bareroot Plum trees can be planted in spring when they are available in your area. Container-grown Plum trees can be very successfully transplanted all throughout the growing season. Check for first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.

  • Plant bareroot Plum trees in the early spring.
  • Plant container-grown trees anytime the ground is not frozen by digging a hole as deep as the soil line and twice as wide.

How Do I Find Damson Plum Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your landscape tastier by shopping for Plum trees at NatureHills.com online fruit tree nursery. You’ll find a massive selection of fruit trees for sale, including many lovely Plum tree varieties!

Choose the right tree for your area by first finding your USDA growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

Place your order, knowing it’s backed by the Nature Hills Nursery product guarantee and protected by Plant Sentry™, which helps ensure regulated plant materials aren’t sent to prohibited areas.

Expect to receive your plants at the appropriate planting time for your growing zone when temperatures are safest for those plants that ship in fall, winter, or early spring.

Shop the selection of mature Plum trees for sale at Nature Hills Nursery and place your order for Damson Plum Tree today.

What shipping options do you offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won’ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Damson Plum Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Damson Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus 'Blue Damson'
Type Deciduous
Rootstock Citation
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes