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Flowering Plum Tree, 'Thundercloud'

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The Flowering Plum Tree 'Thundercloud' is a small deciduous tree commonly planted for its deep reddish-purple leaves and white-pale pink flowers that are among the first to appear in the spring. It is an excellent shade tree for any garden. Prunus cerasifera is commonly called cherry plum. It is native to western Asia and the Caucasus. 'Thundercloud' is a purple-leaved cultivar that typically grows as a dense, upright-spreading tree to 15-25' tall. It has become a very popular ornamental landscape tree in large part because its showy purple foliage retains excellent color throughout the growing season. Fragrant, 5-petaled, light pink flowers (to 3/4” across) bloom abundantly in early spring before the foliage emerges. Serrate, ovate to elliptic leaves (to 2.5” long) emerge ruby red in spring, but mature to dark reddish-purple. The flowers are followed by the small edible fruits (purple plums to 1” diameter). The fruit attracts lovely birds to your garden!

Plum leaves are simple, oval to oblong and come to a point at the end. The leaf margins are scalloped. When it flowers in the early spring, a plum tree will be covered in blossoms. Flowering starts eighty days of warmer weather after winter. The shoots have a terminal bud and the side buds solitary (not clustered), the flowers being grouped 1-5 together on short stems. Careful, early training, annual pruning, and shaping are required to ensure healthy and productive trees. Once mature, trees will require little pruning.

Plant Details +

Botanical Thundercloud (Prunus cerasifera)
Cultivator Type Plum, 'Thundercloud'
Height 15-25' or as pruned
Spacing 20-25'
Hardiness Zone 4-9, -30º to -20ºF
Exposure Best in full sun
Foliage Ruby red to dark red
Flower White to light pink

General Information +

General Characteristics: Exceptional specimen tree for any garden.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set top of root ball 2” above ground level. Mix ½ garden soil and ½ planting mix. 3. Mound soil to form water basin and water thoroughly. Water regularly as needed. After the plant is established, water deeply and less frequently. Allow water to trickle out of the hose and soak the ground. Water five minutes for every foot of height. PRUNING: In late winter, prune dead, diseased, and broken branches.