describes the Purple Leaf Plum which is flowering now throughout the middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico.
Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera) is an ornamental tree grown for its pink spring flowers and purple foliage. It is a smaller tree growing to about 10'-12' tall and wide, sometimes a little larger. It does not produce fruit but there may be occasionally small remnant fruit. T
he Purple Leaf Plum is not a drought tolerant tree and grows best with regular water, on good soil with a surface layer of mulch. The Purple Leaf Plum prefers a well-drained soil but can also be grown on heavier clay soils especially if an appropriate rootstock is used. This ornamental flowering tree is hardy to USDA Zone 5.Contact the nursery at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-866-5027 for more information and availability.
Photos and Narrative By:Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist