Purple - Leaved Cherry Plum

Prunus cerasifera ('Atropurpurea')
Rosaceae
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Monocot or Dicot:

Dicot

Size:

height: 15' to 30'
spread: 15' to 30'

Identifying Features:

Rounded or vase-shaped, color is mostly purple and reddish leaves in the spring. Leaves have alternate leaf arrangemnt, simple, serrated edges, prominent veins, rounded crown, pointed tip and an oblong shape.

Location/Habitat:

Original species comes from southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia, Range from North-central Washington, south to Central Valley of California, through the southern states (just north of Gulf of Mexico) up through New England and across Midwest and mountain states; (potential planting range for a Purple-leaved cherry plum)

Flower/Fruit/Reproduction:

Flowers are creamy, biege white in spring with heavy crop of small red fruit in late summer and fall/ fruit, when ripe, very red cherry plums , a little dull, less shinny / flowers are self- or insect-pollinated, if pollination does not occur plant will not produce a fruit, fast growing plant.

Water/Sun Requirements:

Moderate water, water regularly, do not over water/ Seeds, hardwood cuttings in early winter/full to part sun. Resistant to heat. Does require a little prunning.

Special Adaptations:

Adaptable to a wide variety of conditions including soils that are rich, poor, rocky, acid or alkaline; resistant to oak root fungus but susceptible to aphids, beetle borers, caterpillars, scales and spider mites, root rot, rust, sooty mold and verticillium.

Other Info:

This is often planted as an ornamental due to its unusual leaf color, but one plant really attracts attention to an area can be overpowering in samll landscape creating cramped feeling. It grows up to 24 to 36 inches per year and can live from 50 to 150 years. Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. Bark is dark brown and furrowed. Other than plant at Davis High, also located near Burger King, behind bus stop in South Davis.

Reference Sources/Links:

http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/89969/index.html
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Rosaceae/Prunus_cerasifera.html
http://www.treehelp.com/trees/cherry/types-cerasifera.asp
http://selectree.calpoly.edu/treedetail.lasso?rid=1157&-session=selectree:A896FD380ee4f31792yhR422F34D
http://hort.ufl.edu/trees/PRUCERA.pdf
http://web1.msue.msu.edu/imp/modzz/00001172.html
http://www.trimpines.com/treeoftheweek/cherryplum.htm
http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/p/prucer/prucer1.html
http://www.oldhouseweb.com/gardening/garden/01700749.shtml
Created by: Meredith C. 2007