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botanical name:
Prunus insititia 'Westmorland Prune'
Prunus insititia 'Westmorland Prune' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Damson 'Westmorland Prune'
synonyms:  Prunus domestica ssp. insititia 'Westmorland Prune'
family:  Rosaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 6.00m
width: 5.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: violet
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 10
description:
Small oval dark blackish blue-violet fruits, with a good flavour, ripening in early September. Small deciduous tree of densely twiggy, bushy habit and often developing numerous suckers. Clusters of small white flowers in spring.

cultivation:
Any reasonable, well drained soil in sun or light part shade.

propagation:
From rooted suckers

usage:
Good for cooking and preserves. Somewhat laborious to prepare as it is difficult to separate the large stones, even when the fruit is very ripe.

other notes:
Traditionally grown the Northwest of England, thought to have derived from the 'Shropshire Prune'.
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