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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
damson 'Merryweather Damson'
Prunus domestica 'Merryweather' Prunus insititia 'Merryweather'
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
'Merryweather Damson' is a vigorous, spreading tree with relatively large, blue-black fruits that can be used fresh when fully ripe in late summer, though are normally used for cooking. It is self-fertile and in pollination group 3
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained
Time to ultimate height
Grow in a moist, but well-drained soil in full sun. Keep a weed-free area of at least 60cm radius around trunk. Thin fruit if necessary. Irrigate in dry periods
Propagate by chip budding or grafting on rootstock for fruit
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Regular pruning required for pruning established fans, but pruning plums grown as bushes is not so intensive
Pests Can suffer from damage by plum aphid, caterpillars, fruit tree red spider mite, brown scale and plum moth maggots
May be affected by bacterial canker and brown rot; this cultivar show resistance to silver leaf
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