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Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 20 feet
Plant Spread: 20 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
White
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Location: My front yard, North Central IdahoDate: 4-3-2016
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Location: My front yard, North Central IdahoDate: 4-3-2016
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Location: Northwest NJDate: 2016-05-24
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Location: Denver Metro, CODate: 2012-04-04Closeup of the blooms
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Location: Rhode IslandDate: 2013-06-11
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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2014-10-27Early morning autumn light
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Location: My front yard, North Central IdahoDate: 4-3-2016
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 31, 2020 11:36 AM

I would say that 'Thundercloud' is the second most popular cultivar of the Purpleleaf Plum Tree or Purple Myrobalan Plum and has the darkest leaves by a little bit.. "Newport' seems to be the most popular that is a little cold hardier. Most nurseries offer one or the other, as they are so little different. Purpleleaf Plum Trees in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and South Regions usually only live about 20 years after planting because they are stressed by summer heat and humidity and dislike summer drought that limits the water supply to their roots and inside parts, so that canker disease and borers attack. They also often have a weak root system.

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