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Even small gardens have room for Crimson Pointe® Purple Leaf Plum, a new ornamental tree that slips easily into tight spaces to bring a splash of burgundy-red color all season. This tall, slim, ravishing redhead will catch your eye with her fragrant sparkling white blossoms in spring, but it’s her alluring rich red foliage that will win your heart. Plant Crimson Pointe® as a single specimen to play off of other plants’ shapes and colors, or plant a row of trees along your property line for a moderately fast-growing privacy screen that you and the neighbors will both appreciate.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 6-12'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Crimson Pointe® came to be at Lake County Nursery, the well-known and well-respected nursery of the Zampini family of Northern Ohio. Jim Zampini spotted the unusual, skinny plant growing ramrod straight in a field of round-headed Newport Plums in 1983. It had found its way in somehow as a chance seedling. In 2008, it was added to LCN’s long list of fine introductions (you will see ‘zam’, for ‘Zampini,’ in the official botanical names of all of their selections). There has been no plant quite like it before or since!
A truly unique purple leaf Plum! Showcases white flowers in spring and deep burgundy foliage throughout the rest of the season. New foliage has an orange-bronze hue. But the best part is that this tree will only spread to about 6' wide - definitely what I would call a columnar tree! This tree creates the perfect opportunity for you to add a splash of burgundy color to your garden!!
How to Grow
Purple Leaf Plums are fast growing trees, and Crimson Pointe® is no exception. It will be standing tall like a sentinel in your landscape in no time. Once established, this tree has remarkable drought tolerance, though regular water will result in the fastest growth. Japanese beetles may munch the leaves, but they rarely do serious damage. Crimson Pointe® does produce some small, edible plums. They’re not produced in abundance, so they won’t be a huge maintenance issue, but keep in mind that there will be a few fruits falling down.
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Size B Trees:
8-10' tall. Grown in our #15 tree container in this size. Tall, slender and well branched. Caliper 1 1/2" plus.
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