Plum, 'Blue Damson'
Variety description: An ancient variety of plum thought to be native to the Middle East, but naturalized throughout much of Europe, including the UK. Self-fertile trees are relatively care free.
The name of this ancient fruit trees is derived from the Latin prunum damascenum, "plum of Damascus". Folk tradition states that damson plums were cultivated in antiquity in the area around the ancient city of Damascus. Legend states that the Romans introduced this fruit to continental Europe and England.
Most often damsons are used for baking or made into jams and fruit perserves. Most find them too astringent to eat fresh off the tree. Damson gin is made from steeping the fruit in gin for a long period and is similar to sloe gin. In central Europe, damson-like varieties are used to make the distilled spirt slivovitz.
Site requirements: Full sun location. Plums will grow in a range of soil types provided the planting location is well drained. Soil pH of 6.0-7.0 is required.
Size at maturity: 12-20'.
Pests and diseases: Susceptible to Cytospora canker. Beware plum curculio.
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9.
Plant size: 1 year old grafted tree, 2-3' with strong central leader. Organically grown by Cricket Hill Garden, in compliance with CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge.
When we ship: Available for FALL 2017 shipping.