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Tree of the Week - October 18, 2004

Purple-leafed Plums in bloomCherry Plum

Prunus cerasifera--Cherry Plum 

Hardiness Zones: 5 to 7 
Height: 20 ft
Spread: 20 ft
Form: rounded 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 
Flowers: White

 Mt. St. Helens leaf color

Comments: Cherry Plum is grown for its beautiful purple-leaved cultivars but it is susceptible to canker diseases. The flowers of the cultivars also add an ornamental contrast to the young, colored foliage. The cultivars are over-used plants favored by numerous insects and diseases. The purple foliage is prized for the brief time the plant survives in the landscape, up to 15 years. 

Other red- or purple-leaved trees include Canada Red Select Cherry, Crimson Maples, Japanese Maples, Beech cultivars.

Cultivars: 
'Frankthrees' (Mt. St. Helens(R))(PP4987) - A faster growing cultivar than 'Newport' with purple foliage and light pink flowers. 
'Newport' - Light pink flowers and purple foliage all summer. 
'Thundercloud' - Very dark purple foliage during the growing season and light pink flowers.

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