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Prunus cerasifera /Purpleleaf Plum

Prunus cerasifera  / Prunus cerasifera
Early purple foliage and flowers
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Early purple foliage and flowers

Branches in full bloom in early spring

Lawn specimen in flower

Typical tree canopy of burgundy colored foliage

Canopy in heavy bloom

Autumn colored foliage is reasonably good most years

Specimen lawn tree in bloom

Close-up image of pink flowers with a dark purple center

Autumn colored foliage

The purple plum makes an excellent small lawn or patio tree

Spring flowers

Spring flowers

Lawn specimen

Handsome foliage silhouetted against a blue sky

Close-up image of flowering as a young tree in a nursery container

Spring flowers and emerging foliage a beautiful sight

Lawn specimen growing alone is quite handsome

Flowers arranged close together on all branches of a tree

Spring flowers

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Scientific Name: Prunus cerasifera
Common Name: Purpleleaf Plum
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Pink
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red, Purple
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Light pink flowers appear before foliage in early spring. Has reddish-purple leaves in spring and summer. The one inch fruit are edible, but mostly its birds and wildlife that do the eating. Used as a specimen or accent small tree because of the dark red-purple foliage.