Purple-Leaf Plum

Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’

Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius' (Purple-Leaf Plum) - full view

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Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius' (Purple-Leaf Plum) - leaves

Foliage detail

Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius' (Purple-Leaf Plum) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 20-25'; Spread: 15'

  • Growth:

    Fast

  • Character:

    Deciduous; oval, vase-like form; moderate canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Burgundy or purple-green, serrated oval leaves, 2-3" long. Tree is bare November-January.

  • Flower:

    Many light pink, fragrant flowers, 1" across, along bare branches, bloom late January-February.

  • Fruit:

    Insignificant fruit.

  • Bark:

    Rough dark brown bark.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age. Annual thinning of crossed and crowded branches. Requires removal of suckers.

  • Tolerance:

    Any soil.

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers sun or partial shade. Does not tolerate steady winds which can defoliate upper branches. Susceptible to shothole fungus, which is cosmetic but not fatal.

  • Notable Traits:

    One of the first trees to bloom in the spring, fragrant flowers. Good tree for 2x3' basins and beneath overhead wires. Attracts bees.