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PRUNUS cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'

Image of Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'

Plant Common Name

Cherry Plum, Pissard Plum, Purpleleaf Plum

General Description

Valued for its decorative, purple-red foliage, this ornamental cherry makes an eye-catching focal point in the landscape. It grows quickly to form a dense, symmetrical, medium-sized tree. The colorful foliage emerges bright red in spring, darkening to burgundy, then developing green and bronze undertones by the end of summer. Fall color is purple-red. A display of showy, single, white to light pink flowers appears in spring, followed by a crop of purple, cherry-sized, edible fruits. These are also enjoyed by birds, and can create a temporary mess on sidewalks, driveways and walkways.

This fast-growing tree prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil of average fertility. It is typically short-lived, and may start to decline after 10 to 15 years. Although susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, its fast growth and striking appearance make this tree worthwhile to many people. It is best grown as a single specimen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Width

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes