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Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' (Cherry Plum)

Cherry Plum 'Thundercloud', Thundercloud Cherry Plum, Thundercloud Myrobalan plum


A very popular ornamental landscape tree, Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' (Cherry Plum) is a medium-sized, upright-spreading deciduous tree with a striking presence in the landscape, whether in bloom or not. This plum tree boasts some of the darkest purple leaves and twigs. Emerging ruby-red in spring, the serrate, elliptic leaves turn dark reddish-purple in the summer and retain their striking color throughout the growing season. Opening from deep pink buds in mid-spring, masses of fragrant, single, pale pink to white flowers smother the bare branches and create a terrific floral display. Since the leaves appear while the flowers are still open, their dark color creates a splendid contrast with the pale pink flowers. The blossoms give way to small edible fruits that attract birds and other wildlife.

  • Grows up to 15-20 ft. tall and wide (4-6 m).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soils. The best color is obtained in full sun.
  • Perfect choice as a single specimen plant or for hedges or screens.
  • Susceptible to aphids, caterpillars, leaf-mining moths, bullfinches, silver leaf, bacterial canker, and blossom wilt.
  • Prune after flowering to keep the tree vigorous.
  • Propagate by chip budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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