What You May Not Know About the Damson Tree
The Damson tree is most known for its fruit; the Damson plum. This fruit can be found in a lot of different jellies and jams; you can even find alcoholic drinks made from it. As well as providing delicious plums the tree can be a nice addition to anyone’s garden as it is easy to look after. The following article will examine a bit of the history of the tree before looking at issues in regards to growing it, and using its fruit.
First mention of the Damson tree can be found a few thousand years ago in human history. It was believed to have existed in large growths around the city of Damascus. It was then found in Rome, and it was the Romans who brought this tree to the British Isles. When the early colonizers of America arrived from Europe they introduced the tree to that continent as well. Nowadays you will find this tree growing in many parts of the world and you can even find Japanese versions of the plant.
There are a few different varieties of the Damson tree available. There are European types, hybrid types, as well as Japanese. The best one for you will depend on your needs. If you have a small garden then you probably won’t be able to manage one of the larger varieties. Think about what your needs are prior to approaching a garden centre and the staff will be best able to provide you with the most suit you.
If you decide that you want your very own Damson tree then you will have your own supply of this delicious fruit. The good news is that this tree doesn’t require a lot of effort to grow and it is self-fertile; this means that it is able to produce seeds using its own pollen. Most soils are fine, but you should avoid growing your tree in heavy clay or peat. The tree grows well in damp climates, but they need dry conditions when blossoming so that they can pollinate. It is best to plant two trees together so that they can increase pollination, and thus increase your crop of plums. You will need to apply fertilizer; if you live in a humid area then this will be best done in spring; otherwise you can add fertilizer at the end of winter. Adding compost or manure to your tree in the spring will help keep the soil moist and benefit the tree. It is also a good idea to train your trees by pruning them regularly.
Once your Damson tree has grown, you will be able to reap the benefits. The Damson plum is considered an autumn fruit and is best picked around September. The flesh of the fruit tends to have tartness in the taste to it so this means that most people will avoid eating it raw. There is a large stone in the middle of the fruit. When you are deciding on the best fruit to select you will likely want the juiciest, and this will be the one with the firmest flesh. If you want to store your Damson plum you can keep it in the fridge. This fruit is most popularly used for making jams and jellies, but it can also add a nice touch to meat when cooking them.
The Damson tree will make a nice addition to your garden, and likely the fruit will be welcome in your kitchen. Hopefully, this article has given you a bit of information about the tree and its fruit. If you are new to planting trees then this can be a good one to start with.