Tuesday, May 06, 2008
ABC Wednesday - Purple Leaf Plum
ABC Wednesday - P
Purple Leaf Plum
Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'
Synonyms: Purple Cherry Plum
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This one has ‘P’s a lot of P’s. The Genus Prunus is an important one in ornamental horticulture. It contains the Almonds, Cherries and Plums and Peaches so they are important for fruit production, also. There are over 400 species in Prunus.
This cultivar of Purple Leaf Plum is nice since has a final height of 8-10 feet and it has what is considered the darkest foliage. More often than not in most gardens it seems a smaller tree is better. It beats having to try and minimize everything several years down the line.
Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud'
This is a much taller (30 feet) version of the tree pictured above. It has an upright vase shape and seems very hardy and is a reliable flowerer. It is one of the first blooming flowering trees in this area, which alone makes it worth planting.
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