Plum, Krauter Vesuvius
Plum, Krauter Vesuvius
Characterized by its seasonal eruptions of color and beauty, the sun-loving Krauter Vesuvius Plum’s incredible pigments and rounded structure ensure its status as an exquisite ornamental tree…
What distinguishes the lovely Krauter Vesuvius Plum?
Magnificent dark purple foliage.
Spectacular spring blossoms.
Majestic rounded structure.
Perfect as an ornamental tree for a small yard.
Wildlife food source.
Keeping up appearances…
Small and rather spindly as a young specimen, the flowering Krauter Vesuvius Plum grows to become a fantastically rounded and densely-leaved shrub that can be otherwise cultivated as a tree, growing to heights of 15-30 ft. Its branches erupt in a profusion of wonderfully fragrant blossoms, five-petaled and snow-white or pastel-pink, that festoon the tree throughout early spring. The Krauter Vesuvius Plum is most notably distinguished by its magnificent dark violent foliage, its densely clustered leaves enabling the crown of this tree to scrape heights of about 15-20 ft. with a respective 15-20 ft. spread. The tree’s fabulous royal-purple leaves are released in autumn; this can be considered as the tree’s fall color until these leaves are shed. By late summer, however, our attention is drawn to the Krauter Vesuvius Plum’s edible red drupes that attract at least as many birds as its spring flowers attract pollinators.
A friendly recommendation.
The Krauter Vesuvius Plum is a sensitive and short-lived specimen, susceptible to a number of insect and disease pests, but its jaw-dropping beauty ensures that this special tree is worth the battle. It thrives best with full sun, well-drained soil, and weekly watering; in turn, it serves as a phenomenal ornamental specimen in any small yard and woodland or urban garden. With a 5-8 hardiness zone rating, this is an exemplary tree to plant near any other species, with its dark and rich foliage contrasting beautifully against any sort of lush green backdrop.
Awesome tree trivia!
- Though you may not realize it from its name, the Krauter Vesuvius Plum is, in a sense, Persian-born, introduced to the West in 1880 from the garden of the King of Persia himself—more specifically, the tree was introduced by the king’s gardener, a Frenchman named Ernest Pissard.
- Binomially classified as Prunus Cerasifera Krauter Vesuvius, this specimen also goes by the more common names Cherry Plum or Myrobalan Plum.
- The Krauter Vesuvius Plum is native to western Asia and Caucasus.
This Tree's Zone: 5 to 8
Your Growing Zone:
|Fall Foliage||Dark Purple|
|Shape||Dense and Rounded|
|Sun||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Size||15 to 20 feet|
|Spread||15 to 20 feet|