Purple leaf Plum - Knowledgebase Question

Herrick, il
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Question by gncdavis
March 27, 2006
Is there a cultivar of the Purple Leaf Plum the does not bear fruit. I am the Maintenance man at a school and do not want a mess on the school room carpet but we would like this color of tree at the entrance to our school. Also specs needed: not to exceed 25' height, not to exceed spread of 15 ', fast growing. Thanks, Gary

Answer from NGA
March 27, 2006
The cultivar Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter's Vesuvius' rarely fruits so it might be the one to try. It is also in your size range at about twenty feet tall and about fifteen feet wide. I should mention however that there are some pest/disease concerns with this tree and it is usually not terribly long lived; this would be true of all the purple leafed plums. I would suggest you check with your local county extension to see if they would recommend planting this tree in your local area, or if they have another suggestion. They will also be able to tell you if there is a routine spray program recommended for this tree and if so, what to use and how/when to apply it for best results. Please keep in mind that this tree will do best if planted in a location with good air circulation and full sun all day long rather than up against a building, for example. Good luck with your tree planting!

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