Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'
|Description||This remarkable tree is perhaps the most colorful of all flowering plums! Beautiful dark purple-black summer foliage is preceded by a profusion of showy light pink flowers in spring. A phenomenal ornamental accent for landscapes that seldom produces fruit. Deciduous.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Dramatic Foliage Color|
|Flower Attributes||Showy Flowers|
|Design Ideas||This Plum is the ideal small, color accent tree for regions too warm to grow Beech. The spring flowers are a secondary bonus for multi-season accent. Large enough to use as a front-yard tree in city lots or as a well-behaved street tree in high-density neighborhoods. These are bold color statements to be used sparingly and in conjunction with lots of rich green plants. Use as singles or in a small cluster of three. Try a matched pair to flank gateways and driveway entries or in an orchard-like row to screen neighboring views.|
|Companion Plants||Eastern Snowball (Viburnum); Lilac (Syringa); Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Coneflower (Echinacea)|
|Care||Provide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure in late winter.|
|Lore||It is believed that plants dubbed, P. pissardii, imported into France by M. Pissard gardener to the Shah of Iran may be the source of the European and Burbank's stock.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9
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