SelecTree: Tree Detail
Prunus × blireana
Photo Locations: Santa Cruz, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA
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.
Additional Common Names
FLOWERING PLUM, DOUBLE-PINK PLUM, PURPLE-LEAF PLUM
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.
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, Armillaria, 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.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus × blireana Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 22, 2018.
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