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FLOWERING PLUM
Prunus × blireana

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Photo Locations: Santa Cruz, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Blirieana Flowering Plum is a popular flowering and foliage accent tree, generally shorter than Prunus cerasifera varieties which are generally slightly larger, to 25' or more, such as 'Thundercloud', 'Newport', 'Krauter Vesuvius', and 'Mt. St. Helens'. Blirieana Plum blooms a couple of weeks earlier as well, and usually has wart-like swellings on the trunks. It produces few or no fruit. It is easily maintained below a height of 25'.

Has fragrant Flower.

Family: Rosaceae

Additional Common Names

FLOWERING PLUM, DOUBLE-PINK PLUM, PURPLE-LEAF PLUM

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 12 - 15 feet.

Width: 12 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Ovate, Bronze, Purple or Red, Bronze or Purple, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Pink or Rose. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Few to Fruitless, Purple or Red Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches).

Bark Dark Brown, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Flowers.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 12 and 14 - 22.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers, Caterpillars and Spider Mites, Root Rot, Rust, Sooty Mold and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Favorable.

Attracts Bees.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus × blireana Tree Record." 1995-2017. Sep 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/prunus-×-blireana >

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