• One damson tree

    Following on from my last post, this shows you exactly what one tree can do. All the trunks in this picture apart from that on the far right (an early prolific plum) are one tree - five satellite trees around the one old stager with a prop. This suckering is a wonderful way for a tree to promote its future, and since the tree must originally have been a sucker transplanted from another tree or a seedling then all the 'children' trees come true to type. Further down the orchard we have a damson, bought & planted some twenty years ago to replace a fallen veteran. Clearly this was a grafted tree as its suckers have created a small spinney of wild plum trees (the nursery root stock) with rather tasteless small green plums, but fabulous for making jam.

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