Damson Plum

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Distinctive, rich flavor. This tree bears consistently heavy crops of heirloom plums. Fruit is juicy and delightfully tangy. Try it in homemade jams and jellies and you will never settle for another plum’s preserves. Tree is vigorous and hardy. Clingstone. Originates from Shropshire, England. Introduced to America in the late 1800s. Ripens in August. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 7
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow plum trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Reminds me of the huge bags of plumbs my mom would bring home from the grocery store in the summer time and I would eat 20 or 30 at a time :)
Mark on Mar 5, 2021
Only dwarf plum offered
James H on Feb 25, 2021
Reminds me of the huge bags of plumbs my mom would bring home from the grocery store in the summer time and I would eat 20 or 30 at a time :)
Mark on Mar 5, 2021
I don't have plum trees
Robert D on Mar 2, 2021
Only dwarf plum offered
James H on Feb 25, 2021
I believe most things I plant should supply something edible. I love fresh plums as well as dried and canned plum jams. I'm really hoping this tree produces a lot of fruit. I live in 5b zone and hope this tree will survive our harsh winters.
CHRISTI B on Feb 19, 2021
Description sounded amazing
Stephanie D on Feb 19, 2021
cross pollination
David C on Feb 16, 2021
To make jam
MONICA M on Jan 25, 2021
I'm starting a small personal orchard and I needed a pollinator to boost the production of a Stanley and vice versa.
Richard G on Jan 4, 2021
I wanted a tree that would bear fruit for preserves.
Gregory L on Jun 20, 2020
Easy to grow! Our first time growing fruit trees and I wanted a tree that was going to be fruitful and easy to grow. We like the dwarf size for easy harvesting.
Jennifer H on Apr 4, 2020
I want a hardy plum that I can dry and make into prunes.
Jeremy W on Feb 7, 2019
I already have three of these trees here in central Iowa. This past year was the first for a significant harvest. In spite of an infestation of Japanese beetles that decimated lots of leaves, I had awesome fruit. I froze some and love having the plums to mix in with applesauce, yogurt, peanut butter, and oat meal. And of course, other uses.
Helen G on Jan 20, 2019
Late bloom
Randy J on Dec 26, 2018
Want to make jam.
Denise E on Sep 19, 2018
My grandmother used to make preserves that I cant seem to find one that tastes similar so I thought I would get my mom one to try and do herself one day.
Alexander L on May 7, 2018
Iowa State University Extension recommendation for Iowa.
KENNETH W on Sep 4, 2017
To be planted n our small orchard at Zone 6 mountain house
Rose B on Feb 27, 2017
This is so delicious and very hard to find - thank you Stark Bros!
Catherine C R on Jan 17, 2017
love the preserves
Eddie A on Dec 5, 2016
My favorite jam. I would love to have fruit to make my own. Taking a chance on hardiness zone of 8a, but want to try.
Barbara M on Oct 17, 2016
Damson plums make wonderful jam.
MICHAEL M on Aug 29, 2016
love the flavor of jams with this plum
Herbert G on Aug 27, 2016
Makes great jelly
Lucinda P on May 15, 2016
My favorite preserves
Donna V on Mar 21, 2016
I saw an article in a paper that stated these were the plums in preserves that won first place at the fairs. That is what I want in my pantry!
Mary T on Mar 13, 2016
I don't have plum trees
Robert D on Mar 2, 2021
I believe most things I plant should supply something edible. I love fresh plums as well as dried and canned plum jams. I'm really hoping this tree produces a lot of fruit. I live in 5b zone and hope this tree will survive our harsh winters.
CHRISTI B on Feb 19, 2021
will the deer like this tree?
Cindy H on Mar 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Young trees should be encircled with a woven wore fence 5 foot high for about 5 years. Then they'll be too big for the deer to bother. Deer repellent capsules that hang on the tree work well, too, but you have to replace them 3x a year or more.
Is this plum good for eating fresh, or mainly for pies & preserves?
Coco Ramsey on Oct 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Damson's are a little mushy/mealy for eating out of hand. As you know, they are superb for preserves and tarts. Also very good for wine (if you have a bumper crop).
How resistant to Black Knot is Damson?
Doug S on Jan 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Damson is not known to be resistant to black knot, but it is not highly susceptible either, so you may want to take precaution if black knot is known to be prevalent in your area. If there are already infected trees, they should be removed before planting new trees. Remove and destroy any limbs or other areas on any trees with signs of infection immediately.
Do you have a dwarf plum?
John A on Dec 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately at this time the standard size is a that is available this spring shipping season. But please check back as a dwarf may become available at a later date.
You said last fall this tree would be available in spring 2020, and you would email me when available. Is this still the case?
Joe T on Jan 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We have not forgotten about you. We'll email you as soon as this item is available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
is it necessary to remove the white waxy coating on damson plums before using as jam?
TroutHunter on Sep 6, 2019
We are in zone 8b st George Utah. Hot summers. Will this tree survive triple digit heat?
Peggy on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This tree is only suitable to Zone 7 - I'm afraid it would suffer heat stress and not perform as well as you'd like it to. Ozark Premier or Redheart would be much better choices for where you live.
can you train them like a fan?
Ed G on Dec 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The short answer is:yes. You can espalier practically any fruit tree into any form, including this tree. Espalier is an artistic pruning and training method that can be applied if you have the time and interest. Our detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees
What color flesh?
Steven H on Mar 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Damsons have a golden flesh like other European plums.

Customer Reviews

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Damson plum for Wyoming Zone 4/5.
Very good quality tree, arrived in great shape. Tolerated light frosts after planting with blooms intact. Damsons do well in clay loam as long as they are well drained.
May 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
Dwarf Damson Plum
I purchased four of these because my dad wouldn't stop dropping hints about how much he'd love the Damson plum jam his grandma made when he was a kid. After just two seasons, they have really grown and are some of the most beautiful trees in the orchard. No bloom yet, though, so the old man is still waiting for the taste from his childhood.
January 3, 2017
over 6 years ago
Covered with fungus
The tree was well packaged when it arrived, and in its second season now is over 6' tall. However, the tree has been very susceptible to tree fungus. I have had to cut off several branches, and cut the fungus off the main trunk of the tree. I was trying to grow it organically but have been forced to use fungicide to try to save the tree. It did form 2 plums this year in its second year, but one fell off before it matured. I am hoping the other survives just so I can taste it and see what it is going to be like. Everything has gone well except for the repeated fungus infestation.
June 26, 2018
over 4 years ago
Tasted better than expected
This tree fruited for me last year and the plums were surprisingly good for fresh eating. I protected them and let them get as ripe as possible on the tree. They were sweet/tart, very juicy and had no astringency that I could taste. Pleasant surprise.
May 7, 2018
Beautiful little tree.
I'm looking forward to seeing it grow. I have 6' tall fence circle around it for deer and rabbit protection. It's black welded wire 2"x4" and I made 4 of them from a 50' roll. It blends in well. I didn't like the spiral tree protectors. They hard to install when trying not to damage the tender trunk. There are better designed guards available.
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago
Trees are doing fine; hoping for blooms and fruit next year
This is my favorite plum, sweet and juicy, never bitter like many plums. I'm hoping to get blooms next spring and maybe fruit. I should have read more carefully that the fruit blooms on last year's growth, so my hope of training the small trees to espalier along the fence may not work very well since I will have to prune away branches that have bloomed and produced fruit so the new branches will have fruit next year. Best laid plans, etc.
May 16, 2017
over 5 years ago
I highly recommend these plum trees. They came very quickly and super healthy. After planting them I had new growth with in two weeks. I planted a few more of these two years ago and i cant believe how much they have grown. Have no fear in ordering these. Once again Stark Bros comes through. Thank you again for your amazing service and awesome plants.
May 18, 2017
over 5 years ago
Damson Plum
I was surprised that this worked. Tree in the mail, who knew. Planted it promptly upon receipt last summer. It survived the winter and is now leafing out. I expect it will need a couple of years to establish itself.
May 23, 2016
over 6 years ago
Damson Plum
As this is a first year tree, we have not had any harvest--but are definitely looking forward to it. The plant arrived in very good condition and it's ultimate size will be absolutely perfect for its location.
August 26, 2016
over 6 years ago
damson plum
my beautiful tree survived the winter outdoors in a pot and is healthy, growing beautifully. very pleased with my purchase. i may actually get some plums next year the way it is developing.
May 7, 2018
over 4 years ago