Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum
Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud'
|Description||A stunning landscape specimen with splendid coppery purple foliage that holds its color into fall. Pale pink, single blooms blanket the stems in the spring before the foliage emerges. Produces small, red edible fruit. A wonderfully versatile deciduous tree. Useful in all areas of landscape: lawn, patio, and terrace.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 20 ft. tall and wide.|
|Design Ideas||This is the most reliable and versatile accent tree in warm winter climates for both spring flowers and lovely purple beech-like foliage. Large enough to use as a single front-yard tree in city lots or in irregular groupings in both front or rear yards. Perfect for high-density neighborhoods. This bold color statement is often overdone, so use sparingly for best results. Plant as a single or in small clusters amidst rich green landscapes. Try a matched pair to flank gateways and driveway entries or in an orchard-like row to screen neighboring views. This is one of the best plants to create the American country-garden look because it mimics the aesthetic of a farm orchard.|
|Companion Plants||Eastern Snowball (Viburnum); Lilac (Syringa); Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Coneflower (Echinacea)|
|Care||Prefers slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply an organic fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually in late winter to shape.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9
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