Plum Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Leavenworth, Ka
Question by tbaeuchle
March 23, 2009
I have a starter off my Dads plum tree. I don't know what kind it is. It has beautiful white flowers and then the leaves are purple, but I really don't remember ever seeing fruit. The tree is pyramidal and probably 30 feet high and 15 feet wide.

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2009


It sounds like an ornamental plum, commonly called purple leaf plum (Prunus Cerasifera). Purple leaf plum is a small deciduous tree commonly planted for its deep reddish-purple leaves and white/pale pink flowers that are among the first to appear in spring. Although it is short lived, (about 20 years) it is fast growing and great for use as a specimen or shade tree. Hope this answers all your questions!

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