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Plum, PurpleleafPrunus cerasifera

Plum, Purpleleaf—Prunus cerasifera

Zones 4 - 9
Zones 4 - 9

Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 - 9
The Purpleleaf Plum can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. (see map below)

Flowering Tree
Flowering Tree

Type of tree:
The Purpleleaf Plum falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees

25' High
25' High

Mature Height:
The Purpleleaf Plum grows to be 25' feet in height.

25' Spread
25' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Purpleleaf Plum has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.

Medium Growth
Medium Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This plum does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Purpleleaf Plum grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.

Rounded Shape
Rounded Shape

Shape:
This plum has rounded shape.

More Info
More Info


The Purpleleaf Plum can be expected to grow in the zones shown on this map.

Attributes:
The Purpleleaf Plum has wonderful blooms in spring and produces edible fruits for wildlife. Can be used as a small shade tree or as additional summer color in a garden or against a light-colored wall.

Description:
The Purpleleaf Plum should be grown in full sun on well-drained, acid soil to bring out the richest leaf color. It tolerates slightly alkaline soil. Tolerant of moderate heat and drought, it often succumbs to borers on poor, compacted soil.

Wildlife Value:
The Purpleleaf Plum can provide important cover and habitat for many bird species, small mammals and large mammals. The fruits are eaten by many varieties of birds and small animals.

History/Lore/Use:
The Purpleleaf Plum's parent plant was discovered sometime before 1880 by the gardener to the Shah of Persia.

Moisture:
The Purpleleaf Plum can get along with little or no care, but may need additional deep watering in the heat of summer.

Leaves:
The leaves are 1-1/2 to 3 inches long and deep purple in color.

Flower Color:
The Purpleleaf Plum has beautiful blooms of pink and white.

Bloom Time:
This tree blooms in early spring..

Fruit Description:
Fruit is round, reddish, and 1-1/4 inches across. It ripens in late summer and is edible.