SelecTree: Tree Detail
THUNDERCLOUD PURPLE-LEAF PLUM
Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud'
Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA and Mendocino Botanical Garden - Fort Bragg, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Produces considerable crop of red plums.
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.
Additional Common Names
THUNDERCLOUD PURPLE-LEAF PLUM, THUNDERCLOUD CHERRY PLUM
Rounded, Spreading or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 feet.
Width: 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Ovate, Bronze or Purple or Reddish, Golden or Yellow or Orange, 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.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Caterpillars, 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 cerasifera 'Thundercloud' Tree Record." 1995-2021. May 14, 2021.
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