A guide to choosing the right size

All orders are despatched in one delivery. If your order contains both bare root and container grown plants then we can only despatch when all plants are ready. 

Any Bare Root fruit trees - Availability means available for supply from Nov 2013 to April 2014

Any Container grown fruit trees - Availability means available for supply now. 

Fruit trees are grafted onto rootstocks. Rootstocks come in 5 sizes (2 for Damsons) see the chart below, all of our trees are labelled using these codes.

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Krimsk (VVA1) Dwarfing 2.5 - 3 Metres when mature.

St Julien A (SJA) 3.5 - 4 Metres when mature.

Bare Root = Field grown trees that have been freshly lifted and supplied with no soil around the roots. Only available during the dormant period November-April
Coir Pot = Grown in a coir fibre pot that can be planted directly in the soil causing no root disturbance.
10 Litre = Container grown and can be planted all year round. The size refers to the number of litres of compost that the container holds.
1 Year Maiden = A one year old tree and the size depends on the variety but in general they will be 125cm in height and will have some side branches.
2 Year Bush = A two year old tree that has been pruned back in the first winter to form a bush shape. Generally trees will be 150-175cm in height with multiple side branches.

 

situation

Damsons grow on most soils except pure peat and heavy clay. They are very tolerant of altitude, soil type, acidity and alkalinity. They will grow as far north as Scotland, but are favoured by the wetter conditions of the western side of the country. Although they like a damp climate, blossom time needs to be dry for good pollination, and they do not like their roots to stand in swampy conditions.

fruitgrowers handbook

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delivery charges

Collection - If you would like to collect your trees then use this option. Note the collection is from the Wholesale Nursery office between Monday-Friday only. Please allow 1 working days for your order to be processed prior to collection date.

We are not a Garden Centre or retail Nursery. Orders can be placed via our website and the collection option can be selected at the checkout. Your order will then be ready for you to collect during our normal opening hours which are Monday-Friday 07.30-16.30. Our plants are grown in fields that can be 2 miles away from our office so it is not possible to just turn up and select your own trees.

Delivery Charges - The delivery charge is worked out from the weight and the size of the plant. We have several rates that apply to UK mainland addresses. A delivery charge of £8.50 is for all single tree orders. £10.00 if more than one tree except in the case of the Espalier and Fan trained trees where this charge is a maximum of £40.00. The lower postal rates range from £2.80 - £5.70, will be applied to smaller orders of the lighter plants like currants, raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, asparagus and strawberries although larger orders will go into the £10.00 rate. Once you have put together your order the delivery charge will show before payment. All orders are despatched in one delivery.

To take advantage of a promotional code or gift voucher this must be entered into the redeem code box at the checkout. Discounts cannot be given once an order is completed and any codes have not been used.

Merryweather Damson (AGM)

Damson Fruit Trees | Award of Garden Merit | Genus Prunus | Prunus insititia

Culinary Damson - Received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1907 and a First Class Certificate in 1913. Blue to black skin, yellow flesh, which is juicy and acidic. Merryweather is an excellent all round performer. Picking time late August. Fruit size is large for a damson. Merryweather is a clingstone fruit - the stone is not easily parted from the flesh. Self-fertile.

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Rootstock Description Price Availability QTY
St Julien A 2 Year Bush - 10 Litre £32.00 14 Available
VVA 1 1 Year Maiden Bare Root £19.70 44 Available
St Julien A 2 Year Bush Bare Root £26.00 172 Available
St Julien A 1 Year Maiden Bare Root £19.00 30 Available

31 Mar 17 | C. Gale

Purchased 2016. Arrived well packaged/ healthy looking. Grew very well first summer . Survived the first winter in the north- already budding and starting to produce leaves.

18 Jan 17 | JMB

First time that I have used Blackmoor Nurseries and very impressed with their service. My Damson tree arrived very quickly and very well packed. I had struggled to find a Damson tree on VVA rootstock so I am very pleased. Looking forward to the spring to see it come to life.

13 Apr 16 | Jennifer Mackie

First time we have shopped at Blackmoor - wish we had discovered you before. Website good to use, beautiful VVA 1 tree arrived well packed, well delivered, with good email contacts. Stake was split but the problem was rectified easily. Would highly recommend.

26 Feb 16 | Will

Bought a 1 year maiden bare root as a gift and was also given a 2 year bush. Both are in good condition, were good value and there was excellent communication from Blackmoor as usual. Wouldn't buy my fruit trees anywhere else.

22 Dec 15 | V Valrayan

Lovely looking damson.

15 Dec 15 | kathy s

excellent service the trees arrived as promised, I found the web site useful. when ordering and explaining correct planting of the trees thank you

13 Dec 15 | Simon

My first damson tree and as always from Blackmoor, looks in great condition. Well packaged and delivered when promised.

9 Apr 15 | Amanda Stewart

Sturdy, well packaged tree. Looking forward to keeping the benefits! Thank you.

6 Mar 15 | Richard Cooper

Thank you for the prompt delivery. The Damson is in excellent condition, Looking forward to the future fruit!! I shall return as a future customer.100% satisfied

27 Feb 15 | Dawnmarie

I come back to Blackmoors time and time again because the fruit stock is second to none; the customer service is excellent; the packaging is sturdy; despatch is swift ie a few days rather than weeks. Again, this Merryweather I have just received is one fine specimen. Thankyou so much everyone at Blackmoors. I love my tree!

19 Sep 14 | Dawn Connolly

I have just received two of these, potted, 2 year bush form and they are great plants, in fine condition. They were delivered efficiently and carefully packed.

8 Mar 13 | John

Fantastic variety. I make loads of damson gin with mine

4 Dec 12 | Sally Angus

Just to say I've received the plants and they are fine. I just want to say this is the first time I have purchased goods from Blackmoor and I am delighted with the service. You effectively did what it said on the tin!! The goods were delivered at the agreed time and the follow up emails with advice and guidance on how to look after the plants was much appreciated. I will certainly be using Blackmoor again and will recommend to others. Many thanks

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