Black Amber Plum Tree Overview
The Black Amber plum tree is a Japanese plum variety which produces large round fruit that don’t bruise easily and have a long shelf life. In fact, J.H.Weinerberger bred them in Fresno, California in 1980. Moreover, these trees are heavy bearing and produce medium to large, round incredibly delicious fruit with radiant white flowers in the spring. Not only is the fruit large with delicious juicy, firm flesh, but it is also perfect for canning as well as eating off the tree.
Just like any other plum tree, the Black Amber plum tree grows best in full sun with well-drained soil. Additionally, it grows well in hardiness zones 5 to 7. Although this tree is partially self-fertile, in order for it to bear a good yield, plant it with another Japanese plum variety, for instance, Santa Rosa. If you would like more information on how to plant and grow this tree, see our guide.
- Uses: Eating fresh, drying, canning, baking
- Taste/texture: A balance of sweet and acid with more sweetness, very juicy, and firm
- Size: Medium – large round fruit
- Tree Height: If you grow it on standard rootstock (Myrobalan or Myrobalan 29C), these trees will reach about 16-20’ at maturity but can also be a shorter height based on how you prune. If you grow it on semi-dwarf rootstock, such as Krymsk 1, then the tree will be around 6-10’ at maturity. Additionally, the fruit will bear around 2-3 years instead of the more usual 3-5 years.
- Color: Blue/purple with white blooms, creamy yellow flesh.
- Type: Japanese
- Hardiness Zones: 5 – 7
- Harvest Period: Ripens August – September
- Storage: Long shelf life
- Pollination: This plum tree is partially self-fertile.In order for it to bear lots of fruit, we recommend growing this variety with Santa Rosa Japanese plum tree or with another Japanese variety such as the Fortune.
- Cultivation: This plum tree grows best in full sun with loamy, fertile, well drained soil. Additionally it has moderate vigour and forms upright trees.