Pembina Plum Tree - Plums for the North in Zone 2 -

Pembina Plum Tree - Plums for the North in Zone 2

We have decided to stop offering Pembina and replaced it with a variety named Acme, which is similar in all regards, but more resistant to diseases.


Red plum with yellow flesh, it is a good choice for the North as it is hardy to zone 2.

The plum

Pembina plum is ovate and pointed, its flesh is yellow, juicy and sweet. Its skin is red with a bluish bloom, acidic and thick. It is a mid to large size plum and it has a good flavor. It is half-freestone, which facilitates a bit the preparation in cooking. 'Pembina' plum is a good choice for dessert, and it is fair for cooking and canning.

The tree

Pembina is a hybrid between a japanese plum (Prunus salicina) and a Canadian plum (Prunus nigra). Pembina is generally more productive in alternate years. Pembina is self-sterile, it must be pollinated by a wild plum tree, or a pure American plum tree (Prunus americana), or a pure Canadian plum (Prunus nigra). If not planted near to one of those two wild plum trees, it will not give good yields.

Origin of Pembina

'Pembina' was introduced in 1923 by Niels Ebbesen Hansen from the South Dakota Experimental Station in Brookings. Hansen was born in Denmark and studied apple trees a lot, he has developped in total 350 varieties of fruit, vegetables and trees for the North. He has worked for the USDA and was sent to explore Europe and Asia in the early 1900's.

This variety is in very limited supply and it is probable it will sell out quickly. However, the trees are still growing and more may become available in the coming weeks.
If you would like to be put on a waiting list to add this tree to your order for if it becomes available, please let us know by marking the name of the variety CLEARLY in the comment box when you place your order.

Height at maturity4-5 metres (13-16 feet)
Spacing4 metres (12-15 feet)
Hardiness zone2
SoilWell drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
Average fruit weight
Fruit colorRed skin / Yellow flesh
Years to bear fruit6
PollinationSelf-sterile, requires a Canada or American plum for pollination.
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