LIGHTNING RELEASE 05/31/14 –Damson tree sales rise 24% year on year as public love-affair with traditional fruits grows- ‘Blue Violet’ is aptly named as this is a truly beautiful new Damson with a shiny brilliant deep blue-purple skin. It’s fruits are larger than traditional Damsons, which means less of them are needed to provide the most delicious jams, preserves, pies and crumbles. Another major attraction is the higher levels of sugar.
“Traditional Damsons are very tart, and are usually used in recipes that demand a lot of sugar. But this new variety means the more health conscious can use them without the need for so much sugar” says John Bowers, M.D of the
Damsons – steeped in local history & tradition
Damson growing dates back to the 1700’s and they were particularly popular in
Jam factories producing solely Damson jam were plentiful in the
The popularity of Damsons declined between the wars, as sugar became difficult to obtain. But even in 2014 there is still an annual ‘Damson Day’ held each year.
New Damson is a tree for small gardens too
‘Blue Violet’ is ideal for todays modern gardens. It has been grafted onto a special small rootstock called ‘Pixy’ which is very compact. Blue Violet Damson trees can be happily contained in smaller gardens, or even a pot.
“You can expect these trees to mature to just 180-200cm’s, less in a 20” container” John says. “They have a dense, twiggy habit that is easy to accommodate.” What’s more the trees are self-pollinating which tends to ensure a great set, and of course the trees are very, very frost hardy. A low maintenance tree that can happily get even novice gardeners excited about growing their own antique Damsons.
Trees of Blue Violet on Pixy stock are available now in pots @ £22.95 each from
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