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PURPLE-LEAF CHERRY PLUM
Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'
Photo Locations: Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA and Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA
Produces a heavy crop of small red plums. Requires a moderate amount of water. Purple foliage all season. Hardy.
This plant is classified as invasive by the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) classifies the invasiveness of the species of this plant as limited.
Has fragrant Flower.
Prunus cerasifera 'Pisardii'
Additional Common Names
PURPLE-LEAF CHERRY PLUM, JAPANESE PURPLE PLUM
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 25 - 35 feet.
Width: 25 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Ovate, Green, Red or Purple or Bronze, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Red Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer Edible.
Bark Dark Brown, Fissured.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Flowers and Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 3 - 22.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 9.
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, Scales 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.
Attracts Birds and Bees.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea' Tree Record." 1995-2020. Dec 5, 2020.
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