|Blossoms of purple-leaved plum
Common Names: Purple-Leaved Plum, Cherry Plum
Scientific Name: Prunus cerasifera ('Atropurpurea')
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.
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
If pruning is desired, do so immediately after flowering.
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