Damson Tree - Westmorland
Flowering Group : 4
Rootstock: St Julien 'A': see our guide for details.
Size : Bush (2 year old tree, over 110cm with at least 3 main shoots)
Harvest : September
Prunus insititia 'Westmorland' has a complicated heritage. Otherwise known as the Lythe Valley Damson, or Witherslack Damson, the Westmorland damson might originally have been a type of Shropshire Prune. Its fans say its relatively small but delicious fruit is an improvement. It is found in the orchards of the Lythe and Winster valleys, where its white blossom drew trippers from the Lancashire mill towns, but deserves a wider audience. Up to the Second World War damsons were an important local crop, and sold in Kendal market to be taken by train to jam factories. Like all damsons, the Westmorland will thrive on most soils but not peat or heavy clay. To find out more about this intriguing tree visit the Westmorland Damson Association.
Photo: Penrith Action for Community Transition
Supplier : R.V. Roger Ltd.
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All our damson trees, including the Westmorland damson, are bare root. At the height of the lifting season - between November and March - there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching due to pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence, and the weather. Orders for damson trees from March to October are confirmed prior to dispatch from November. Please consult our planting and care guide on receipt of your order.