Black Ice Hybrid PlumMidsummer. P. Lydecker [Prunus besseyi x (Prunus salicina Oka x Prunus salicina Z’s Blue Giant)] U of Wisconsin, River Falls, 2006.
Large 2" round early-ripening high-quality hardy blue-black dessert plum. Very sweet juicy reddish-purple semi-freestone flesh.
Precocious and productive tree with a naturally compact growth habit. Bred by Brian Smith, whom John Bunker visited a few years ago on a fruit exploration trip in the Upper Midwest. Brian graciously showed the group through his amazing nursery in River Falls. He was growing many of his plums in huge tubs, manipulating bloom time using greenhouses and coolers. This enabled him to cross species or varieties that would never normally flower together.
Though we’re not fans of plant patenting, we are pleased to offer his first major introduction. The literature recommends Toka or La Crescent as a pollinator. Now in trials at John’s farm. PPA. Z3. (3-6' bare-root trees)
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