Purple Leaf Plum Tree

Facts about the Purple Leaf Plum Tree

The purple leaf plum tree, also known as the cherry plum and Myrobalan plum, is a beautiful tree that has lovely purple ovate leaves with serrated edges. During the summertime especially, it can add color and life to your lawn or garden and many people choose to plant them as accent trees due to their appealing colors and textures.

At its mature, height, the purple leaf plum tree can grow to 25 feet. It can also have a 15-25 foot spread, too. They grow at a rate of about 1 to 2 feet per year. The canopy on the tree is symmetrical and dense and because of its unique color it is best used when planted alone as an accent, as opposed to in a group of trees.

The trees fruit is purple and the drupes attract squirrels, birds, and small mammals. This is something to keep in mind if you have any plants nearby that you want to keep these things out of. The flowers are pale pink and blossom in the early springtime before the leaves come out. The blossoms often attract bees. The purple leaves hang around until the end of fall and they rarely change colors. They tend to hold their purpose or reddish hue and are fairly simple looking, despite their color.

To get the purple leaves, they grow best when planted and grown in the full sunlight. If they grow in the shade, then their leaves are more of a greenish color. If you're looking for the purple tint, then it's better to make sure that they get plenty of sun. They can grow well in a variety of soils, but do best when planted in soil that is well-drained.

In addition to bees, the purple leaf plum tree also attracts borers, scales, mealy bugs, tent caterpillars, and aphids. It's important to deal with these pests properly so that they don't cause damage to your tree. They can also droop if it rains a lot, although they should perk back up once they dry out. If they don't perk back up, you might have to prune them and get rid of the heaviest branches.

Be prepared, too, for the fact that your purple leaf plum tree isn't going to be around forever. In fact, they only live to be about 10-15 years old. The good news is that it does grow quickly and that it is pretty tolerant to drought.  It doesn't need a lot of pruning either, unless the branches are damaged or disease. The most you might have to do to it is pick up the dead berries that fall from it and land on the ground.

If you plan on planting this tree in your garden, then you should do so with the knowledge that it isn't a lifelong commitment. In about 10 years, you will either have to replace it with another tree, or with another kind of plant all together. In addition, if you are planting it just to get the purple leaves and fruit that it produces, then you have to make sure that you plant it in full sunlight or else you're just going to end up with another tree with green leaves.

Still, the purple leaf plum tree produces pretty, fragrant blossoms and interesting colors and its one of the first trees to blossom in the springtime. In a garden, or in your lawn, it can be a nice accent piece that can add something a little different to the landscape. Understanding the proper care of it can definitely help your tree reach its full potential.


 

 


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