The Q&A Archives: Purple Leafed Prune Trees

Question: We are looking for a non-bearing plum tree with purple foliage, to tolerate Zone 5 climate, spring flowering, smallish (max of 20' in height). Could you help me identify the options available? If there are no plums tree which match, what options would be the closest?

Answer: Here are a few suggestions for an ornamental plum (note that some produce small, immature fruit which is non-edible but attractive to wildlife)

Newport- height 15-20', width 15-20', likes sun, round form, reddish-purple foliage all summer, fragrant pink flowers in spring followed by small purple fruit attractive to birds, zone 4

Mt. St. Helens- height 20', width 20', likes sun, upright, rounded form, a sport of Newport, but with a denser form, larger leaves richer color and faster growing, hardy to zone 3

Princess Kay- height 15', width 8-10', likes sun, narrow shape, showy white flowers in early May, dark colored bark, small yellowish red fruit, zone 2

Hope this information is helpful.

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