Prunus "Black Ice" fruit
(Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries)
Height: 20 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Black Ice
A shrubby fruit tree with showy clusters of white flowers in spring followed by luscious black plums in mid-summer, variable growth habit; this is actually a cross between a cherry-plum and a plum so it's slightly hardier than most plums
BlackIce Cherry-Plum is draped in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn orange in fall. The fruits are showy black drupes carried in abundance in mid summer, which are excellent for fresh eating, cooking and baking and making jams and jellies but which can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.
BlackIce Cherry-Plum is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
BlackIce Cherry-Plum is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
BlackIce Cherry-Plum will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.