Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Tree
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Leaf
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Additional Product Shot 396
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Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Tree
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Leaf
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Additional Product Shot 396
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Additional Product Shot 193

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum
Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud'
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When it begins to feel truly wonderful to be outside, the birds are singing, and cherries and daffodils are blooming away, look to Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum to join in on the festivities. All along its purple branches will sprout blush-pink blossoms to cheer spring's arrival. Even if it didn't flower, though, this fast-growing ornamental tree would be a colorful addition to your landscape with its rich burgundy foliage that lasts all season. Growing a bit taller than wide to a height of only about 20 feet, Thundercloud Plum will make an impact in your landscape without hogging the whole yard, too. You might want to get two or three!

 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Purple Leaf Plums were brought to France in 1880 from Persia (what is modern-day Iran).  From there, this novel purple plant spread to the rest of Europe and the U.S.  ‘Thundercloud’ was developed in California in 1919 by the famous plant breeder Luther Burbank.  Burbank gifted the world with over 800 plant varieties, including new strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries; scores of new fruit and nut trees; new roses, lilies, and poppies; the Shasta Daisy; and the forerunner to the number-one French fry potato still used today:  the Russet Burbank!

The Details

The dense deep purple-red foliage makes this tree stand out in any landscape. Just imagine your driveway lined with Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum - now that will attract some attention! The foliage color remains all season but is highlighted by the pale pink fragrant blooms appearing in spring. This Plum also produces some small purple berries in fall, a special little treat for birds and other small animals.

How to Grow

Many red-leaved plants fade to reddish-green in summer, but Purple Leaf Plums—Thundercloud included—hold their deep crimson color from spring clear through fall.  Those rich burgundy leaves look great with just about any color scheme.  Thundercloud is a fast growing tree that has considerable drought tolerance once established.  This variety does produce a lot of little plums (edible, so you don’t have to worry about the kids eating them), and you may not want to place this tree near sidewalks, as the plums can be rather messy when they fall.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Burgundy
Fall Leaf Color Burgundy
Flower Color Blush Pink
Flower Time Early Spring
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Time Summer-Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: C

Size C

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Size C Trees:

10-12' Tall. Grown in our #20 or #25 tree container. This tree is large and will make an impact on your landscape immediately.

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Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Tree
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Leaf
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Additional Product Shot 396
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum Additional Product Shot 193