AZ Arboretums

Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'

Desert zinnia

Common: Purple leaf plum
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: Southwest Asia
Sunset Zone: 2-22
Light: Full sun
Soil: Well drained soil
Water: Regular water; if soil is wet for long period, plant in raised bed

Accent tree, screen. Use along sidewalks, cluster in parks. Deciduous.

Branches upright, compact. Hard brittle wood.

Fast growth to 20 ft. by 20 ft. Smaller growing than P.c. 'Atropurpurea.'

Darkest of flowering plums. Purple-black leaves, February - March. Light pink flowers, little or no fruit.

As tree develops, prune out crossing and inward growing branches.