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Prunus cerasifera

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PROO-nus se-ra-SEE-fer-uh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Short-lived ornamental plum grown for its attractive purple foliage. It is a shrubby twiggy tree with a rounded crown and spreading branches often vase-shaped with dense foliage.  It is adaptable to many soil conditions but needs full sun.  Plant as a specimen, in a border or a small group as a screen or hedge.   This small flowering tree is a great addition to a Japanese garden or a cottage garden.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems: This tree is frequently damaged by deer.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Atropurea', 'Crimson Pointe', 'Newport', Thundercloud, 'Thundercloud'
Tags:
#fragrant#deciduous#small tree#fragrant flowers#specimen#wildlife plant#pink flowers#purple leaves#spring flowers#high maintenance#flowering tree#showy bark#fast growing#cpp#borders#short lifespan#summer fruits#food source summer#border back#small group plantings#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Atropurea', 'Crimson Pointe', 'Newport', Thundercloud, 'Thundercloud'
Tags:
#fragrant#deciduous#small tree#fragrant flowers#specimen#wildlife plant#pink flowers#purple leaves#spring flowers#high maintenance#flowering tree#showy bark#fast growing#cpp#borders#short lifespan#summer fruits#food source summer#border back#small group plantings#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Prunus
    Species:
    cerasifera
    Family:
    Roseaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE. Europe to Central Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits are eaten by songbirds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    1 in. reddish fruit in summer, not an effective fruit for eating or display.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Fragrant single pink or white flowers 1/4"-1" across, appear in mid-spring before leaves emerge.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, 1.5" to 2.5" long and 1"-1.5" wide , ovate to ellipical, serrated margins, rounded base, acute apex. There are glands at the leaf base near the petole. No significant fall color
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    Red-brown with many horizontal lenticles.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Flowering Tree
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
    Short-lived
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Stems, leaves, seeds contain cyanide, particularly toxic in the process of wilting: brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, shock.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Cyanogenic glycosides
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves
    Seeds
    Stems