Damson Plum Tree Overview
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Damson Plum Tree

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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!

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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.

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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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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
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
When To Prune Late Winter
Fragrant Yes