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Blue Damson Plum Tree, European Type

Heirloom favorite

Item Number: FT202


Pre-Order Today! ETA: 12/16/2016


Pre-Order Today! ETA: 12/16/2016

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Semi-dwarf on Citation rootstock.

  • Zones: 5-9
  • Chill hours: 800
  • Bloom Time: Very Late (Based on typical Central Valley California weather)
  • Harvest: August 25 -September 5
  • Looks: Small, blue-black plums with green flesh.
  • Personality: Tart plum for jams and jelly.
  • Facts of note: Favorite in colder regions. Very old variety, originally damsons were cultivated around the city of Damascus. The variety is rugged and dependable, late blooming, cold hardy, and heavy bearing.
  • Pollination: Self-fruitful

European Plums: Use fresh, canned or dried into prunes. European varieties are self pollinated, a good choice for higher elevations and cold micro–climates and are well suited to processing. These plums have a long history of cultivation and are one of the main species grown worldwide. Fruit is generally oval, smaller, and more variable in color than Japanese plums. Their flavor is usally sweet and aromatic. Prunes, damsons, and gages fall into this category.

On Citation Rootstock which is tolerant of wet soil, induces early dormancy in dry soil, is very winter hardy, resists root knot nematodes, and produces a 12'-18' tree. By pruning you can keep your tree at any height. Trees are 2 years old, and should begin to fruit in their 4th year.

Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.

Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January. If you'd like us to split your shipments, please contact us at (888) 784-1722 or Additional shipping charges will apply.


  • Self-fruitful
  • Suited to Cold Climates


Chill Hours Needed 700-1000 hours Fruit is Good For Dehydrating, Fresh Eating, Jam/Jelly
Shipped As Bare Root, Dormant Tree Size Semi-dwarf
Time to Fruit Production 2-3 Years Approximate Harvest Time Late Summer, Early Fall
Planting Time Winter USDA Zone 5 - 9
Chill Hours Needed 700-1000 hours
Fruit is Good For Dehydrating, Fresh Eating, Jam/Jelly
Shipped As Bare Root, Dormant
Tree Size Semi-dwarf
Time to Fruit Production 2-3 Years
Approximate Harvest Time Late Summer, Early Fall
Planting Time Winter
USDA Zone 5 - 9

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Shipping Information

Ship up to 10 Bare Root Trees for As Low As $25!* *Shipping offer only available to the lower 48 states. Offer applies to those shipping West of the Rocky Mountains. $35 Flat Rate available to those shipping East of the Rocky Mountains. Actual shipping cost will be calculated based on your zip code. Nut & multi-graft trees count as 2 when calculating shipping. Offer applicable to bare root trees only. Ships via FedEx Home/Ground. Cannot ship to P.O. boxes. Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU. Cannot ship via USPS. Cannot ship via SmartPost. Cannot be combined with other items in a package, due either to its size or manufacturer packaging.

Shipping Weight: 6.00 lbs. Dimensions: 59"L x 11"W x 11"H


Limited Guarantee for Dormant Trees & Plants (When Planted in the Ground by April 1st)

Claim Deadline is June 1st (with the exception of persimmon trees, which have a deadline of June 15th)! Claims placed after June 1st (or June 15th for persimmon trees) will be denied. Please note: Our trees will come to you topped off at approximately 3 ft. in height to put the tree’s stored energy into root development vs. foliage production.

What We Guarantee
Our only guarantee is that your dormant tree/plant will arrive in good, viable condition and will leaf out by May 15th (historically 98% of our trees do). This guarantee is only available to customers who purchased their tree/plant directly from us, and who planted their tree/plant in the ground by April 1st (or temporarily in a pot if the ground in their zone was still frozen solid).

What We Cannot Guarantee
We cannot guarantee that your tree/plant remains alive & healthy, or bears fruit, as there are too many variables beyond our control in order to do so (i.e. soil preparation, planting, fertilization, weed & pest control, adequate irrigation and/or drainage, chill hours, compatible hardiness for your zone, proper choice of pollinator, etc).

How to Request a Credit
If your tree/plant does not leaf out by May 15th, please contact us as soon as possible (but no later than June 1st, or June 15th for persimmon trees) and we will issue you a credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of your tree/plant (excluding shipping).*

(*) We reserve the right to not issue credit for items already replaced. We also reserve the right to require photographic evidence of the condition of your tree/plant and/or a scratch test. The scratch test consists of checking for green under the bark a few inches over the graft (please watch our video titled Bare Root (Dormant) Warranty for more information on this simple procedure). If the scratch test reveals a brown cambium, the tree/plant is dead or dying.


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