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Shropshire Prune damson



Shropshire Prune is the definitive northern English damson.  Its origins are not known, and it seems probable that there is no single "Shropshire Prune" variety but several closely-related varieties that have been cultivated from wild seedlings in various parts of north-west England.  Reflecting this diverse background the Shropshire Prune also has plenty of synonyms - including the Cheshire Damson, Westmoreland Damson, and Prune Damson.  Shropshire Prune can be distinguished by the relatively small compact tree habit, and the fruit which is more elongated than many other damsons.

The centre of commercial damson production in the UK is the Lyth Valley in Cumbria and Shropshire Prune (or its close relations) is the most widely planted variety in this area.

Shropshire Prune is a hardy tree, although not has hardy as some other damson varieties.  It is also not (at least by damson standards) a very heavy cropper.  However it is generally considered to have the richest flavour of any damson and this is the main reason for preferring it, although in our experience some other damson varieties are just as good in practice.

Last updated 14 Aug 2010.

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15 Sep 2010 
I'm wanting to have about 5lbs of damsons sent to my mother near Manchester...she makes jam, but doesn't get out much now. Do you send them? If not, can you advise?


04 Sep 2010 
A fabulous damson. My father in law has sadly just passed away and there is tree in his garden, the fruits of which we have enjoyed for many years, the house is likely to be sold over the next few months, so can a cutting be taken from an old tree and propagated onto something else, if so, how, what sort of tree is the best host and what time of year.



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The definitive English damson, not the best cropping but perhaps the best flavour.

Shropshire Prune phototape

Origins

  • Species: Prunus insititia
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1266

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Blue-black
  • Fruit shape: Long / oval
  • Stone clinging?: Clinging

Using

  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Mid season Early September
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days

Growing

  • Cropping: Light
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1998 ('Prune Damson')

Diseases

  • Silverleaf  Chondrostereum purpureum  - Very resistant

Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Shropshire Prune trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

You can also view these trees on a map.

United Kingdom

Ireland

Poland

New Zealand



Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • April  2016  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 25th April  2015  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom
  • 19th April  2015  - tree owned by Michael in HALIFAX, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 14th April  2014  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 5th May  2013  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 15th April  2012  - tree owned by Nickkk in OLDHAM, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 15th April  2011  - tree owned by David in EWERBY THORPE, SLEAFORD, United Kingdom
  • 5th April  2011  - tree owned by Hugh in STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 15th April  2010  - tree owned by Hugh in STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 19th April  2009  - tree owned by Hugh in STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2016 season

    2015 season

    • 3rd week September  2015  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

    2014 season

    • October  2014  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

    2013 season

    • October  2013  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

    2012 season

      2011 season

      • 4th week July  2011  - tree owned by Hugh in STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, United Kingdom

      2010 season

      • 2nd week August  2010  - tree owned by Hugh in STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, United Kingdom

      2009 season

      • 3rd week August  2009  - tree owned by Hugh in STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, United Kingdom




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