Damson ‘Merryweather’

Damson ‘Merryweather’ is a well-loved cultivar of the damson plum tree, cherished for its delectable and petite fruits. This deciduous fruit tree is versatile and hardy, able to thrive in various soil types and climates, making it an excellent addition to orchards and home gardens alike.

The Appearance

A small deciduous tree with a rounded crown and dark green, oval leaves. It produces small, dark blue to purple damsons with a tart flavor.


The Produce

These plums mature into a deep purple or black hue, and boast a unique sweet-tart flavour that makes them a standout choice for culinary endeavours.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of white flowers in spring, which are followed by the small damsons in late summer to early autumn.


The Leaves

The leaves are ovate or elliptical in shape, displaying a serrated margin. Their vibrant green colour provides an attractive backdrop to the tree’s springtime blossoms and later to the ripening fruit.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in orchards and gardens.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including pollinators and fruit-eating birds and mammals.


The Culture

Valued for its tart damsons, which are used in cooking, preserves, and making damson gin.


Fun Facts

The ‘Merryweather’ damson is one of the most popular damson varieties, known for its heavy cropping and excellent flavor for preserves.

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