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Black Ice Plum TreePrunus 'Lydecker'

30 reviews
  • Black Ice Plum Tree

    Black Ice is a large plum cultivated as a cross of a Japanese plum.

  • Black Ice Plum Tree

    These plums ripen in late summer but before many other Japanese Plums.

  • Black Ice Plum Tree

    Plums flower in spring, filling the tree with white blossoms.

  • Black Ice Plum Tree

    Black Ice is a hardy, sweet plum that is a semi-clingstone.

  • Black Ice Plum Tree

    Plums can be eaten straight off the tree or can be used in desserts and jellies.

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Black Ice Plum TreePrunus 'Lydecker'

30 reviews
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Frost-Friendly Plum Tree

Dubbed the California plum tree of the Midwest, Black Ice plum trees can withstand cold weather up to -30 degrees Fahrenheit! This means your tree won’t die well below freezing, so you can continue to reap the reward of sweet, juicy plums without ever having to worry about replanting after a cold winter.

Add Surprising Interest to Your Landscape
This Lydecker plum tree’s branches spread out and weep over the trunk creating a stunning architectural display to muse over every season. In the spring, little white, waxy flowers bloom against lush green foliage. In late July, big, purplish-black plums with red and yellow flesh will fill the boughs of your tree.

Get Extremely LARGE Plums
These plums aren’t just pretty — they’re big, too. Black Ice plums are the size of tennis balls!

The Black Ice Plum tree is the love child of a California cherry plum tree and a large Japanese plum tree called P. Salicina. The Black Ice plum inherited its size from the Japanese variety making it one of the largest hybrid plums.

The Black Ice is a little piece of human ingenuity in your own yard!

Perhaps the JUICIEST Plum You’ve Ever Tasted
The California cherry plum gives this black plum its sweet flavor. That’s why it’s known as a dessert plum.

Imagine baking your own plum pies and tarts. You’ll only need a couple of plums per recipe since they’re so big, which means you’ll have plenty more to bake and share with your neighbors, friends, and family.

Simple to Sustain, Little to Manage,
Black Ice Plum trees persevere in cold weather making them an exceptional selection if you live in areas where temperatures dip below freezing. These plum trees are also easy to maintain. They only require full to partial sun light and well-drained, fertile soil.

The Black Ice is also a dwarf plum tree, so it will take up less space in your yard. You could even plant it in a container.

Let the bees put in the work pollinating your trees, so you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor while also seeing the spectacle of nature unfold before your eyes.

Very Popular at Farmers Markets
If the best farmers like this plum, you will too! The Black Ice plum tree is well known as a farmers market favorite. Impress your friends by having one of the most sought after plum trees around.

No need to rush the crowd and paw over plums when you can pick plenty at your leisure in your own yard!

Prepare for a fruitful summer by planting one of these black beauties yourself. Order now!

Pollination Info

Black Ice Plum Tree Pollination

Black Ice Plum Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

Planting & Care

Seasonal Information

California style plum bred for colder climates. Hardy in zones 4-8. Its naturally compact growth habit makes management easier. Its canopy is low, about 2’ off the ground. The mature height is about 8-12’ and its spread can be as much as 10’. Plan accordingly when spacing. Plant spacing should be between 12-15’.


Location should include full sun and if possible, sheltered from excessive wind exposure. South or West facing spots out of the wind are best. Plums are tolerant of urban pollution issues and will do well in city environments.

Avoid planting in low lying areas where late spring frosts are more common.

Pollination Requirements:

Black Ice Plum is a Japanese-American hybrid. It is self-infertile, so requires another cultivar of compatible genetic material with the same bloom-time so they can cross-pollinate. Top choices are “Toka”(Bubblegum), “Superior”, or “American” Plum. Cross pollinating plums should be planted within 25’ of each other.

Soil Preferences

It’s not particular regarding pH, slightly acid or slightly alkaline is fine. Black Ice will do best in well drained soils, with average to evenly moist soil conditions. Starting with good organic matter helps with water retention, aeration, and provides nutrients. The plum will not tolerate standing water for extended periods of time.

Planting – Pots/Containers

Plums are not typically grown indoors or in containers in general because of their growth habit and because of their self-infertile nature. If growing in pots or containers, be sure to provide enough space for the roots to grow into, and plan to root prune once the tree is established in the largest pot you want it in.

Planting -- Garden

Make sure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting outdoors. Remove the plant from the container it came in and remove any circling roots by laying the ball on its side and removing them with shears. Dig a hole that is a few inches deeper and wider than the spread of the roots after you removed them from the container and prepared them. Make a small mound in the center of the bottom of the hole and set the tree on top of the mound. Spread the roots away from the trunk without excessively bending them. Backfill around the roots, firming the soil and watering as you go to remove air pockets. Fill the hole to the soil level the tree was grown in without covering the container’s soil with new soil. Stake if warranted due to wind exposure or tipping potential.


Water young trees heavily during the first growing season to help promote growth, then water regularly. Best to water deeply at the soil line, let the soil dry out slightly then water again. Do not let the soil become fully dry. Water well into the early autumn, so as to have good soil moisture through the winter.


Do not fertilize young trees until they have set fruit. Once there is good fruit set, plan for regular fertilizing throughout the year. Use about a pound of Calcium Nitrate per tree; or 1.5 lbs of 10-10-10. Less fertilizer is needed if the soil medium has good organic matter from compost. Cut back fertilizer if there are signs of salt burn (burn on the leaf edges), and water the tree well after applying. Change the analysis to less nitrogen in the early fall and winter, or just avoid fertilizers altogether at that time so as to not encourage new growth during those seasons.

Weed Control

Mulch can be used, but keep it away from the trunk of the trees and don’t mulch too deep. Otherwise keep weeds at bay by mowing or weeding.

Shipping Details

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $125 $19.95

Product Details

Mature Height: 10 ft.
Mature Width: 8 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Moderate
Harvest Time: July-August
Botanical Name: Prunus 'Lydecker'
Does Not Ship To: AR,AZ,CA,ID,LA,WA
Grows Well In Zones: 3-8 outdoors
Your Growing Zone: #

      3-8 outdoors

Growing Zones: 3-8 outdoors

(hardy down to -30℉)

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I recommend this product

They lost all their leaves at first but came back strong!

They look very healthy now with lots of love, hopeful for fruit next year but we’ll see.

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Carey S.
United States United States
I recommend this product

So far so good!

Very nice so far. Plant survived shipping and is doing well! Can’t wait for it to produce!

wes n.
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Perfect delivery

I ordered the 3 or 4 foot version and it was packaged perfectly. I almost hate to throw the box away because it was such a good box. The plant in burlap bag was awesome as well. Quickly had it in the ground and already seeing noticeable growth.

Jeremy G.
United States United States
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Buy them!

This was our first time buying from this company and we love them! We bought 3 black ice plum trees 5-6FT. They shipped fast/were packaged well! We also received a free Peace Lilly. All plants are looking great!

James N.
United States United States
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Great trees

They arrived nicely packed. The trees are beautiful. I just planted so I will just have to wait and see. They look healthy and I am happy with my purchase