Plum, Purpleleaf Prunus cerasifera
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Hardiness Zones 4 - 9The Purpleleaf Plum can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeFlowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
Mature HeightThe Purpleleaf Plum grows to be 25' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Purpleleaf Plum has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.
SunThis plum does well in full sun.
SoilThe Purpleleaf Plum grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
ShapeThis plum has rounded shape.
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.
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.
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.
The Purpleleaf Plum's parent plant was discovered sometime before 1880 by the gardener to the Shah of Persia.
The Purpleleaf Plum can get along with little or no care, but may need additional deep watering in the heat of summer.
The leaves are 1-1/2 to 3 inches long and deep purple in color.
The Purpleleaf Plum has beautiful blooms of pink and white.
This tree blooms in early spring.
Fruit is round, reddish, and 1-1/4 inches across. It ripens in late summer and is edible.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.