Plum, Purpleleaf Prunus cerasifera

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Zones 4 - 9 Zones 4 - 9
Hardiness Zones 4 - 9
The Purpleleaf Plum can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
25' High 25' High
Mature Height
The Purpleleaf Plum grows to be 25' feet in height.
25' Spread 25' Spread
Mature Spread
The Purpleleaf Plum has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.
Medium Growth Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
This plum does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
The Purpleleaf Plum grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
This plum has rounded shape.

The Purpleleaf Plum has wonderful blooms in spring and produces edible fruits for wildlife. Can be used as a small shade tree or as additional summer color in a garden or against a light-colored wall.


The Purpleleaf Plum should be grown in full sun on well-drained, acid soil to bring out the richest leaf color. It tolerates slightly alkaline soil. Tolerant of moderate heat and drought, it often succumbs to borers on poor, compacted soil.

Wildlife Value

The Purpleleaf Plum can provide important cover and habitat for many bird species, small mammals and large mammals. The fruits are eaten by many varieties of birds and small animals.


The Purpleleaf Plum's parent plant was discovered sometime before 1880 by the gardener to the Shah of Persia.


The Purpleleaf Plum can get along with little or no care, but may need additional deep watering in the heat of summer.


The leaves are 1-1/2 to 3 inches long and deep purple in color.

Flower Color

The Purpleleaf Plum has beautiful blooms of pink and white.

Bloom Time

This tree blooms in early spring.

Fruit Description

Fruit is round, reddish, and 1-1/4 inches across. It ripens in late summer and is edible.