Black Ice Plum
Plant breeder Brian Smith first developed in River Falls, WI in the early 2000s- the patent filed in 2004- as a cold hardy plum option. First crossed as a (Prunus salicina Lindl x Prunus beseyi 'Bailey') x Prunus salicina Lindl. Smith crossed these two trees and blended attributes of both to produce the Black Ice Plum 'Prunus salicina 'Lydecker".
The Black Ice Plum is a natural dwarf- seldom growing more than 15' in height and grows in a columnar shape. This upright stature fits well into smaller spaced though a nearby pollinator like Toka or Empress is required to get fruit. The Plum is medium sized and very juicy. Its dark purple, nearly black skin has that characteristics matte finish and is rubbery to the touch. Its flesh is deep purple in color and very sweet (up to 14 Brix). Read more about the Black Ice Plum here.
Common uses include eating and baking as it has a very aromatic flavor. The cider it produces is very sweet and dark red in color.
USDA Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: Myrobalan ~15'; Semi-Dwarf
Sun: Full Sun
Ripening Time: Late July/ Early August
Pollination: Required- tree needs a different type of plum to pollinate
Scientific Name: Prunus salicina 'Lydecker'