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Prunus insititia 'Farleigh Damson' (C) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible) or Tree

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Dark Blue in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

damson 'Farleigh Damson'

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

'Farleigh Damson' is a compact, reliably fruiting culinary damson to 2.5-4m in height depending upon the rootstock. Flowers white, fruit very dark blue

Synonym(s)

  • Prunus domestica 'Farleigh'
  • Prunus 'Farleigh Damson'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Keep a weed-free area of at least 60cm radius around trunk. Thin fruits if necessary. Irrigate in dry periods. Less susceptible to frost damage than many other cultivars

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Regular pruning required according to tree form

Pests

Can get aphids, caterpillars, fruit tree red spider mite, brown scale, plum moth and bullfinches

Diseases

May be affected by silver leaf