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Common Names: Purple-Leaved Plum, Cherry Plum
Scientific Name: Prunus cerasifera ('Atropurpurea') 

Summary
Foliage: Deep purple leaves, dark pink flowers in early spring
Height: 15 to 30 feet
Spread: 15 to 30 feet
Shape: Rounded or vase-shaped
Growth Characteristics: Moderate growth rate

Purple-leaved plum is the most cold-hardy of the cherry trees and in the fall its leaves turn to a reddish-purple colour. The Cherry Plum makes a good focal point in a garden.

Plant Needs
Zone: 4 to 9
Light: Best in full sun
Moisture: Prefers moist soil
Soil Type: Moist, acidic, well-drained loam but will tolerate slight alkalinity

Care
If pruning is desired, do so immediately after flowering. 

Problems
Few problems with pests on this type of cherry.

Cultivars of PRUNUS CERASIFERA 
'Thundercloud'-- deep purple foliage and purple fruits
'Mt. St. Helens'-- rounded, light pink flowers
'Newport'-- light pink flowers, fewer fruits