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Prunus insititia Mirabelle Ruby


Damson 'Mirabelle Ruby'

Beautiful flowers and delicious fruit

The tasty fruit from this very hardy tree can be eaten fresh but is more often used for cooking and preserving as chutney or jam. The blossom in spring make this a good choice as an ornamental tree - the purple skinned fruits which follow are an added bonus.


Happiest in an open, sunny site and soil which is not too dry in summer.


Add well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil before planting and stake the tree whilst it is young to help the roots establish. Feed with a suitable fertiliser each spring. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Autumn
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 450 cm
Plant width 200 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Ideal for walls & trellis & arches & pergolas

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting August - September
Cropping August - September

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Mirabelle prun ruby bush sja 12 l £44.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From April to September