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King of the Damsons / Bradleys King Damson Tree

Eating and Cooking Damson | Dual Purpose Damson Trees
  • £42.99 (VAT Free)
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A reliable Damson Tree the King of the Damsons or Bradley King Damson tree produces heavy crops of blue-black damsons which have a very good flavour and can (for the brave) be eaten fresh where you'll find them flavoursome yet sharp, or (for the rest of us) cooked into jams, jellies, wines and other such culinary delights. This damson tree is self fertile and so only one tree is required to produce fruit.

AKA Prunus insititia 'Bradley's King Damson'

  • Use: Dual purpose, Cooking and Eating
  • Cropping period: Mid season (Mid September)
  • Flavour: Sharp
  • Heritage: Nottinghamshire 1880
  • Pollination group: B Self Fertile
  • Height in 10 years*: Pixy (dwarf) 3m, St Julien A (semi vigorous) 4-5m

*This is an indication of the un-pruned height of this variety in 10 years. Variations will occur when different factors are introduced such as planting position, pruning, geography etc.

Planting King of the Damsons / Bradleys King Damson Trees

The same rules apply for King of the Damsons / Bradleys King Damson trees and plum trees, so for ease we will simply refer to plum trees in the following planting and aftercare advice.

Plum, Gage & Damson trees will not grow happily in a pot long term, they need to be planted in the ground. All other fruit trees can be container grown. Plum trees should be planted at a minimum of approx. 3m between each tree. Our pot grown plum trees can be planted at any time of the year, whereas bare root plum trees need to be planted between November and March.

Whether planting a pot grown or bare root plum tree, prepare your planting site by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 3x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, apply root grow by sprinkling in the hole for pot grown trees or preparing and applying the gel mixture for bare root trees.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost (avoiding multi-purpose), fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting fruit trees using a stake and tie kit and a rabbit guard.

The help and Advice section has further information and videos.

Watering King of the Damsons / Bradleys King Damson Trees

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. Make sure to keep an eye on young fruit trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down into the soil a few centimetres and if the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again. Once the fruit begins to swell, water again. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first few growing seasons.

Pruning King of the Damsons / Bradleys King Damson Trees

It is important to prune your plum tree for the first few years after planting to ensure a healthy, balanced shape. Your tree should have one central leader and several strong side shoots. Straight after planting, remove the lowest laterals and prune the rest back to about 10-15cm in length. Carry out this type of formative pruning in early spring.

In the following years, remove any shoots growing out of the trunk to maintain a clear stem. Also remove any crossing, diseased or damaged branches. If your tree is looking overcrowded, remove some of the larger branches to open up the canopy. Carry out this type of pruning in spring or mid-summer.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The rootstock of a tree defines the height that it will eventually reach. All fruit trees can be pruned to control their height but it is advisable to choose a rootstock most suited to your needs in the first instance.

St Julien A (semi-vigorous)
4-5 metres (13-16 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller orchards and individual specimens. Our most popular rootstock for all but the very small garden.

Pixy (dwarf)
3 metres (9 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller gardens as specimen trees and suited to fan training.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification rootstock Root type typePrice Quantity Qty
King of the Damsons / Bradleys King Damson Tree rootstock: Pixy (dwarf) Root type: 10L pot type: 2 year old / 150-180cm King of the Damsons / Bradleys King Damson Tree Price £42.99 (VAT Free)
Pixy (dwarf) 10L pot 2 year old / 150-180cm £42.99 (VAT Free)
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King of the Damsons / Bradleys King Damson Tree rootstock: St. Julien A (semi-vigorous) Root type: 10L pot type: 2 year old / 150-200cm King of the Damsons / Bradleys King Damson Tree Price £42.99 (VAT Free)
St. Julien A (semi-vigorous) 10L pot 2 year old / 150-200cm £42.99 (VAT Free)
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