Plum 'Black Pearl'
Prunus domestica 'Black Pearl'
3 years to reach maturity
Trees are in full bloom during late August and early September. Plums are harvested during the first weeks of December.
Plum 'Black Pearl' Overview
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.
Common problems with Plum 'Black Pearl'
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.
How to propagate Plum 'Black Pearl'
Seed need cold stratification,but the new seedling will not bare the same fruit as the parent.
Commercially plum varieties are budded or grafted on a strong root stock, like Marianna.
Special features of Plum 'Black Pearl'
Plum trees make good hedges and can be espaliered or pruned to fit a specific area.
Other uses of Plum 'Black Pearl'
Fruit is used fresh, juiced and preserved. Plums can also be used in cooking and baking. Plum blossom make an excellent tea.