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Plum 'Black pearl'

Prunus domestica 'Black Pearl'

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Plums are medium sized deciduous trees. For best results always ask a local nursery for advice on choosing the best variety and rootstock for your garden. The following varieties can be used as cross pollinators for Black Pearl: African Rose, Pioneer, African Delight, Harry Pickstone, Angelino, Fortune, Ruby Sun, Mark, Sun Kissed, Red Diamond. Black Pearl plums are black with beet-red flesh. The plum is sweet and slightly tart.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Trees are in full bloom during late August and early September. Plums are harvested during the first weeks of December.

Propagation

Seed
Seed need cold stratification,but the new seedling will not bare the same fruit as the parent.
Cuttings
Commercially plum varieties are budded or grafted on a strong root stock, like Marianna.

Special features

Hedge plant
Plum trees make good hedges and can be espaliered or pruned to fit a specific area.

Geography

Origin
Black Pearl was developed by Ben Dor in Israel and is also known as 'Black Egg'.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Fruit is used fresh, juiced and preserved. Plums can also be used in cooking and baking. Plum blossom make an excellent tea.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Slugs and snails love new growth. Weevils or snout beetles will nibble little holes in the leaves and can also damage fruit - specially when the fruit is still young.

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