Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

A cultivar of Prunus cerasifera developed in America during the 1900’s, this striking tree features lush dark foliage that persists throughout the season. It stands out by being among the first to unfurl its flowers, emerging from dark pink buds in early spring. These blossoms present a delicate pink hue, providing a beautiful contrast against the unfolding dark leaves. AS the blossoms mature, they transition to a paler white, creating an elegant highlight amidst the purple canopy.

In contrast to many purple-leaved trees, this particular cultivar maintains its shades of purple consistently throughout the season. In autumn, the canopy transforms to lighter hues of plum and crimson reds, offering a fantastic display of colours. Whilst the tree may produce dark, almost black cherry fruits in favourable years, this occurrence is not guaranteed.

Ideal for urban environments, this tree thrives in full sun exposure to showcase its full purple colour. It has been thoughtfully incorporated as a background row, planted behind the striking white forms of Betulua jacquemontii and Jermyns creating a visually appealing composition.

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Size

Small

6m high x 5m wide after 25 years

Environment

Ideal for urban applications.

Canopy

Small with a rounded canopy that develops a pleasant oval canopy.

Foliage

The leaves open a shade of black, remaining a dark succulent purple throughout the summer. These lighten in the autumn to a vivid crimson red.

Flowers

One of the first trees to flower, its dark pink cotton candy buds open to a profusion of flowers. These are light pink which become creamy white standing out against the unfolding dark foliage.

Resilience

A hardy tree suitable for most soil types, but requires free draining soil as does not tolerate water logging.

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