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PRUNUS cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'
Cherry Plum, Krauter Vesuvius Cherry Plum, Purpleleaf Plum
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.
9 - 1
5 - 9
3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12'-30' / 3.7m - 9.1m (15)
Southern Europe, Western Asia
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Light Pink, Burgundy
Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Hedges, Street Trees
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