Flowering Plums Jolt Landscapes
Out of Winter Doldrums
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We know spring has arrived when bursts of pink flowering plum blossoms defy the dreary gray skies of March.  Used singly, in masses, or in formal rows, flowering plums are durable and dependable trees that perk up any landscape.

Blireiana Plum blooms very early in the spring, sporting double, bright pink, one-inch blossoms that help to jolt the landscape out of its winter doldrums. Foliage is reddish-purple, becoming greenish-bronze in the summer and reddish-bronze in the fall.  It grows in a wide vase shape to a height and spread are about 20 feet.
Krauter Vesuvius Plum blossoms are a softer shade of pink, quite similar to those of Thundercloud.  This cultivar is a good one for Southern California and other climates where weather is dry and hot. It retains its dark purple foliage color through the summer months. Narrower than Thundercloud Plum, it grows to about 20 feet in height with a 15 foot spread.

Thundercloud Plum is a tried and true cultivar that has remained popular since its introduction in 1937. Light pink flowers, dark purple foliage, and an upright spreading, dense form make this garden classic easy to recognize. Like Krauter Vesuvius and Blireiana Plum, it is rated hardy to USDA Zone 5.

Newport Plum is a hardy and widely planted ornamental tree that is quite adaptable and performs well in tough climates including USDA Zone 3. Light pink and delicate in appearance, its blooms are among the first to appear in spring. Purple-red foliage becomes reddish in the fall. Height and spread at maturity are approximately 20 x 20 feet.

Mt. St. Helens Plum is a sport of Newport Plum that has proven to grow faster in the nursery and develop a stronger, sturdier trunk with better caliper. It also leafs out earlier bearing larger leaves that retain their rich color longer into the summer than Newport. It performs well in extreme climates, exhibiting Zone 3 hardiness.

Cistena Plum is very fragrant in bloom. Pale pink blossoms give way to purple-red foliage which holds its purple color through the summer months. This large multi-stem shrub makes a beautiful hedge or mass planting. This adaptable shrub is hardy in USDA Zone 3.

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