Plant as for fruit trees in general and treat as plums for culture. It is a few years before a damson bears and it has to be pruned regularly to encourage branch growth till the tree has a ‘head’ mature enough and spreading enough to bear good fruit in satisfying quantity, such pruning being a winter time operation. Once fruiting the trees need only rare pruning. A variety that has large fruit of distinctive flavour is the Merryweather. It is best suited for the amateur, and should be planted with space of 18 ft. each way. It makes an excellent windbreak.

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