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Thundercloud Plum

Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud'

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Thundercloud Plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' in bloom

Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' in bloom

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Thundercloud Plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' flowers

Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Myrobalan Plum, Pissard Plum

Description:

A stunning accent tree that resembles a cloud of fragrant pink flowers in spring, deep purple foliage all season long; makes a bold statement in the landscape, best used as a solitary feature tree or in street plantings

Ornamental Features

Thundercloud Plum is bathed in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has attractive deep purple foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The fruits are showy purple drupes displayed in mid summer.

Landscape Attributes

Thundercloud Plum is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Thundercloud Plum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Thundercloud Plum will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features