Grow Your Own Flowering Fruit Trees!
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 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 insure healthy and productive trees. Once mature, trees will require little pruning.