Black Ice Plum Tree Overview
The Black Ice plum tree is a Japanese plum variety with delicious large tasty plums that you can grow in very cold climates (hardy to zone 3). So if you want to grow a Japanese plum in the upper midwest, then this plum is perfect for you. In fact it is one of the largest hybrid plums since it is a cross between a California cherry plum tree and a large Japanese plum tree called P. Salicina. Moreover, in the spring it has radiant white flowers. Not only is the fruit large and can be eaten off the tree, but because of its California cherry plum parent, it has the sweetness it needs to be a dessert plum.
Just like any other plum tree, the Black Ice plum tree grows best in full sun with well-drained soil. Since this tree is not 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 (known as a dessert plum)
- Taste/texture: Sweet, juicy, and firm
- Size: 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: Purple/black with white blooms, creamy yellow/red flesh.
- Type: Japanese, semi-cling
- Hardiness Zones: 3 – 8
- Harvest Period: July-August
- Pollination: This plum tree is not 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 so that they cross-pollinate.
- Cultivation: This plum tree grows best in full sun with loamy, fertile, well drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Additionally it has moderate vigour.