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Prunus insititia (Damson Plum)

Damson, Damson Plum, Mirabelle, Wintercrack, Bullace, Damask Plum, Prunus domestica subsp. insititia


Regarded as the ancestor of the plums we eat today, Prunus insititia (Damson Plum) is a deciduous tree with a low canopy clothed in elliptic, finely serrated, green leaves. In mid spring, it bursts into a profusion of white 5-petaled blossoms, creating a spectacular display. They are followed by a bountiful crop of small to medium, oval, bluish purple, juicy plums. The fruit has a sharp taste, between bitter and sour and is more suitable for jams and jellies than eating raw. Damson Plum is self-fertile, cold hardy and grows well with little care. A relatively small tree that is perfect for the home garden. Good choice windbreak or hedging.

  • Typically grows up to 12-15 ft. tall and wide (3-5 m) at maturity..
  • Performs best in full sun in well-drained soils.
  • This Plum tree will begin fruiting in 3 growing seasons.
  • This plum tree has a chill hours requirement of 650 (hours of temperatures below 45ºF (7ºC) in the winter for their buds to open in the spring).
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots. .
  • Propagate by seed, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, caterpillars, fruit tree red spider mite, brown scale, plum moth and silver leaf.
  • Native to C & S Europe N Africa

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Fruit Trees, Plums
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Spread 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Fruit Trees, Plums
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Spread 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens

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