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Damson Early Rivers

Culinary plum

Prunus insititia L.

Raised at Sawbridgeworth by Rivers and introduced in 1871. It was awarded the Award of Merit by the RHS in 1900. Fruits have softish, very juicy flesh but lacks the true damson flavour.

Material available from the National Fruit Collection.

Accession No.
2003 - 006

Accession name
Damson, Early Rivers
Flowering time  ›››
15th April10% flowering
19th AprilFull (80%) flowering
30th April90% petal fall
Picking time
Mid August 1
small 1
Oval-Oblong 1
11.70 g 1
Stalk Length
7.30 1
Skin Colour
Purple-red/Violet blue 1
Stalk Length
7.30 mm 1
Clingstone 1

1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.