A picture of a Damson

Damson

Prunus domestica ssp. insititia

Also known as

Damson Plum, Bullace, Mirabelle, Wintercrack

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

5m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Damson

A photo of Damson
A photo of Damson
A close up of some blue Prunus domestica subsp. insititia fruit on a branch
Some white Prunus domestica subsp. insititia flowers
A Prunus domestica subsp. insititia tree in a grassy field

Damson Overview

Prunus domestica subsp. insititia is also commonly known by the names Damson or Damson Plum. It is a deciduous, twiggy, sometimes spiny tree in the rose family, Rosaceae. Flowers are attractive, coloured white and these appear from early spring, leading onto rounded yellow, red, green or purple fruits. This plant is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Damson

How to propagate Damson

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings.

Seed

Special features of Damson

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies