Purple Leaf Plum, Purple Cherry Plum 'Krauter Vesuvius'

Prunus cerasifera

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: cerasifera (ke-ra-SEE-fer-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Krauter Vesuvius
Additional cultivar information:(aka Krauter's Vesuvius, Krauters Vesuvius)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Maricopa, Arizona

Prescott, Arizona

Long Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

San Francisco, California

San Pedro, California

O Fallon, Missouri

Streetsboro, Ohio

Galveston, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Orem, Utah

Warrenton, Virginia

Kennewick, Washington

Richland, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 28, 2013, Wiberg2006 from Kennewick, WA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I bought one of these trees at a Walmart at the end of the season several years back; it was half price. I planted it on a hillside next to an American Cranberry. The combination was striking. We have very dry heat here in the summer and this tree kept its color and shrugged off the heat. It received regular water from our underground sprinkling system; I would say its needs are average. The tree was always healthy, no problems with disease of any kind. In four years it had reached about 12-13 feet in height and maybe 9 to 10 ft in width. We sold the home and have since built another. I will be planting another of these, possibly more of them since I now have a half acre to landscape.


On Jun 23, 2012, Gracye from Warrenton, VA wrote:

Bought this tree from the professional division of our local nursery last year. Professionally planted by same. Battled the horrible Virginia heat and some bugs last summer.
This year, it is thickly-leafed-out, and a real showpiece. Compared to the existing plums in the neighborhood, it is a bit darker, and much nicer in performance.
Removed the stakes last week, but concerned about the "top-heavy" nature of it in a bad storm. Had a very bad one last night - it just swayed with the weather - did NOT uproot as feared.
I think that any ornamental, mid-sized tree is on the high maintenance side of life, so this is why I gave it a neutral. But it is far superior to any other plum I've seen!


On Nov 25, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

From Just Fruits and Exotics: "The darkest of the purple-leafed plums. Topping out at 8-10 feet, the tree is vase-shaped and easy to grow. Small pink flowers in spring. Drought tolerant once established and has its best color in full sun. South to Zone 9."