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THUNDERCLOUD PURPLE-LEAF PLUM
Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud'

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Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA and Mendocino Botanical Garden - Fort Bragg, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Produces considerable crop of red plums.

Cal-IPC (California Invasive Plant Council) classifies the invasiveness of the species of this plant as limited.

Has fragrant Flower.

Family: Rosaceae

Additional Common Names

THUNDERCLOUD PURPLE-LEAF PLUM, THUNDERCLOUD CHERRY PLUM

Tree Characteristics

Oval, Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 20 feet.

Width: 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Ovate, Bronze or Red, Bronze, Deciduous.

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

Prolific, Red Drupe, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer.

Bark Dark Brown, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 3 - 22.

USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 9.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Oak Root Fungus. Susceptible to Caterpillars, 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 Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/prunus-cerasifera-thundercloud >

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