Damson plums in southeastern US?

I’d heard that European plums couldn’t be grown in the southeast because of diseases, but I just heard about a couple of damson plum trees thriving unsprayed in Georgia. Can this be true? Can anyone confirm that damsons are more disease resistant than other European plums? Are there particular varieties of damson I should be looking for? I see nurseries selling a generic damson, but Wikipedia says it’s not a variety, but a category that includes several varieties.

I welcome any information. I’ve only had these plums once. They weren’t suitable for eating raw, but they made the best plum kuchen.

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