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Cultural Details for Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'

Common Name:
Purple-leaf Plum

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Perfect, solitary, light pink, 0.75" across, very fragrant, open early to mid-April, usually borne solitary.

Fruit Details:
Purplish, slightly bloomy, edible drupe, approximately 1" across, June-August.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Introduced into France around 1880 from Persia (now Iran).

Other Features:
Upright, dense branching form. The new unfolding leaves are ruby red, later claret and finally dark reddish purple.

Culture and Care:
Transplant bare root, balled/burlapped or container-grown in spring. Most soils are acceptable but should be well-drained. pH adaptable, full sun. Prune after flowering, keep trees vigorous to ward off insects and diseases. Not pollution tolerant.

This plant was blooming:
4/8/2005 - 4/15/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1102, 1103

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.