Plant ID forum: Large purple leaf plum tree (ornamental)

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Glassboro, NJ
Jul 7, 2017 12:09 PM CST
I live in southern NJ and have a 13 yr. old tree as referenced above. This year for the first time, it is dropping blackish/purple things (like peppercorns) on my concrete driveway and even heavy rain won't remove them, but makes the "peppercorns" run a red color staining the concrete. Do you know what this is? It has never happened before. I looked at the leaves and they have small holes in most, but that is not unusual. The tree also is constantly dropping leaves (which has been the case for a number of years). I had a professional tree service spray for insects a few times, but I really don't remember if it helped the leaf drop or not.

Do you know what these "peppercorn-like" things are. I see nothing on the tree, limbs, or leaves like this. I'm puzzled. Can you help?

Lynn Cooper
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jul 7, 2017 12:23 PM CST

Can you post some photos?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 7, 2017 5:37 PM CST
Its a female tree, trying to make fruit. Hear, they will make fruit about one and a half inches. Tasty. Butt ! Messy on sidewalks.

Tree guys probably been spraying it, so it dosent make fruit, or , maybe you are to far north ?

Small immature fruit is whats going on.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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