Purple Leaf Plum - Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius' 2.5"-3" B&B

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This remarkable tree is perhaps the most colorful of all flowering plums! Beautiful dark purple-black summer foliage is preceded by a profusion of showy light pink flowers in spring. A phenomenal ornamental accent for landscapes that seldom produces fruit. Deciduous.
Provide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure in late winter.
Average Size at Maturity
Moderate growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.
Bloom Time
Design Ideas
This Plum is the ideal small, color accent tree for regions too warm to grow Beech. The spring flowers are a secondary bonus for multi-season accent. Large enough to use as a front-yard tree in city lots or as a well-behaved street tree in high-density neighborhoods. These are bold color statements to be used sparingly and in conjunction with lots of rich green plants. Use as singles or in a small cluster of three. Try a matched pair to flank gateways and driveway entries or in an orchard-like row to screen neighboring views.
Deciduous/ Evergreen
Flower Attribute
Showy Flowers
Flower Color
Foliage Color
Garden Style
Contemporary, Cottage
Growth Habit
Growth Rate
Landscape Use
Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light Needs
Full sun
Soil Needs
Tree & Shrub Food
Special Feature
Dramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water Needs
Watering Needs
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key Feature
Showy Flowers and Foliage