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The Purple-Leaf Plum Tree
updated: Mar 18, 2017, 1:00 PM

By David Gress, retired Santa Barbara City Arborist

Nothing says “spring” more than flowering trees, and the Purple-leaf Flowering Plum is one of the first to show its beautiful bouquets.  When absolutely covered with light-pink flowers, it makes it a lovely focal point in any garden.  After the petals fall, deeply purple leaves appear, so it continues to be a definite standout in the landscape.

While in the same plant family as the true fruiting plum, all the varieties of Purple-leaf Flowering Plums available today were created for their fine ornamental features.  Probably the most commonly grown is Prunus cerasifera ‘Atropurpurea’.  Other varieties regularly available at nurseries are “Krauter Vesuvius’, ‘Newport’, and ‘Thundercloud’.  All been selected for abundant flowers, for varying hues of purple foliage, and for producing little to no fruit. 

A small- to medium-sized tree (rarely taller than 15 to 20 feet with a spread of 10 to 15 feet), it has an attractive, smooth, gray to reddish bark.  Other desirable features are its medium to low water requirements and its very low maintenance needs.  It drops practically no litter, except in the fall when it loses its leaves.  The branches are delicately sculptural during winter dormancy.  It is an ideal tree for smaller yards and a great addition to landscape spaces where a flowering tree is desired. 

Purple-leaf Flowering Plums can be seen throughout Santa Barbara, in home gardens, in City parks, and along our streets.  Mature street trees are found on Calle Noguera, on Vista de la Cumbre, and on the 3600 and 3700 blocks of San Remo Drive.  Newer trees have been planted in the first blocks of North and South Voluntario Streets.

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Tree-of-the-Month articles are sponsored by Santa Barbara Beautiful, whose many missions include the increase of public awareness and appreciation of Santa Barbara’s many outstanding trees and, in a long-time partnership with the City Parks & Recreation Department, the funding and planting of trees along the City’s streets – a project which has resulted in the planting, to date, of more than 12,000 street trees!

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 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 01:59 PM

I enjoy these "Tree of the Month" articles describing trees we see all the time but know next to nothing about. This plum is a beauty. Some are planted along San Ysidro Road at the Montecito Union School.

 

 COMMENT 764353 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 02:21 PM

Always enjoyed the "orchard" at Fairview exit probably planted close to 50 years ago by Caltrans that stopped growing 45 years ago

 

 COMMENT 764440 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 10:17 AM

I like the ones at Fairview as well, but I thought they were planted when the ramps were reconfigured.
unfortunately this variety looks shabby most of the year.

 

 COMMENT 764505 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 07:07 AM

The "orchard" at Fairview/101 was planted early 1980's. I loved the MUS planting combo when there was a well maintained swath of osteospermum beneath, masterful mauve majesty!

 

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