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Shepherds Bullace bullace

Prunus insititia
Shepherds Bullace
A large-fruited bullace, used for cooking and preserves, similar to a damson.

Shepherds Bullace bullace identification images

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USDA identification images for Shepherds Bullace

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • Species: Prunus insititia - Damson, Mirabelle, Bullace


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Fruit colour: Purple - light
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Fruit size: Large


    • Cling-stone: Clingstone
    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Growth habit: Upright
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
    • Pruning: Do not prune


    • Frost resistance of blossom: Some resistance
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Climate suitability: Warm climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good

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