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PRUNUS cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'

Image of Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'

Plant Common Name

Cherry Plum, Krauter Vesuvius Cherry Plum, Purpleleaf Plum

General Description

An ancient hybrid escaped from gardens, cherry plum is a small deciduous tree found throughout southern Europe and western China. The shiny, reddish-purple leaves of the cultivar 'Krauter Vesuvius' are so dark they seem to absorb light. In spring, it covers itself with light pink flowers. They are followed by a sparse crop of small round edible plums. The habit is compact, upright, and rounded.

The dark leaves make the tree useful as a landscape feature or foil. Being small the tree is valuable for home gardens. It may be trained as a flowering hedge, sheared after flowering. It prefers well-drained but moist soil and full sun, and is one of the best purple-leaved trees for hot areas such as the Southwest United States.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12'-30' / 3.7m - 9.1m (15)

  • Width

    12'-30' / 3.7m - 9.1m (15)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Light Pink, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Hedges, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No