Prunus x blireana

Scientific name: Prunus blireana


Common names: “Purple leafed plum” “Blireana plum”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 5-9

Light: Full sun best, dappled shade ok

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Average soil fertility

Moisture: Moist well-drained


Plant Size: H 25′ W 20′

Leaf and Stem shape: Leaves reddish-purple at first, greenish bronze by summer

Flower: Semi-double, pink, fragrant solitary flowers in February – March, blooms before leaves

Pruning: Summer prune only

Maintenance: Will turn into an arthritic tangle of branches if left alone

Landscape use: Orchards, city and courtyard gardens, roadside or boulevards

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: Cherry bark tortrix are killing these trees, caterpillars nibble on the leaves,  if in a poorly drained area roots affected by crown rot

Comments: Large ornamental flowers and large juicy plums

~AGM winner


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