Prunus cerasifera--Cherry Plum
Hardiness Zones: 5 to 7
Height: 20 ft
Spread: 20 ft
Type: deciduous tree
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches
Comments: Cherry Plum is grown for its beautiful purple-leaved cultivars but it is susceptible to canker diseases. The flowers of
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.
'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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