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St James Village Orchard

Details of the Tree at Grid Ref Y4

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Y4
Tree Type Damson
Variety Merryweather
Rootstock St Julien A
Date Planted 23 January 2011
Tree Description A large blue-black fruit of hybrid origin but of full damson flavour. Growing into a large somewhat spreading tree with broad plum-like foliage. Self fertile and a good cropper. Used to be planted in farm hedges as a crop. A late September damson.
Comments Chosen by CS. Damsons have an exquisite flavour in preserves and pickles, often neglected in the past and deserving of more attention.
Orchard Map
Every cottage garden has its own miniature orchard: a dozen trees set out in two rows with the lower trunks whitewashed like bobby-socks to keep the insects at bay.   (Roger Deakin writing about Ukraine)