Purple-leaf Cherry Plum

Prunus cerasifera
Family: Rosaceae
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Purple-leaf Tree
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Purple-leaf Bark
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Purple-leaf Leaves
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Purple-leaf Fruit

Classification:

Angiosperm, Dicot, deciduous

Size:

Height= 20-40 ft. tall
Leaves= 4-6 cm. long
Flowers= 1.5-2 cm. across
Fruit= 2-3 cm. diameter

Identifying Features:

Purple flowers
Yellow or red fruit
Rounded shape

Location/Habitat:

Deciduous
Asian Native
Common in North America and Europe

Flower/Fruit/Reproduction:

Yellow or red drupe
Drupe used for making jam and wine

Water/Sun Requirements:

Full sun and acid soil
However, it can tolerate moderate heat and drought

Special Adaptations:

Parts of plant are poisonous if eaten

Other Info:

Produces honeydew when stressed
Provides important shelter and food for birds and small mammals
Short life
Fast growing

Reference Sources/Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_plum
http://maccorkindale.vsb.bc.ca/plum.htm
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/treeselect/purpleleafplum.html
http://www.fuf.net/tree_plantings/pages/V112h113.html

Created by Alex S. 2007