Ornamental plum trees have much to offer the landscape; they are small, blooming deciduous trees, and several varieties have purple leaves. Although these trees are planted for the pinkish-purple blooms or the reddish-purple leaves, they do produce small red fruits, which attract birds. Flowering is in the early spring, harkening the arrival of the season. Plums do best planted in full to part sun, in an area with well-draining acidic soil. Drainage is key; they will not do well in poorly drained areas and in fact, are moderately drought tolerant once established. Although they prefer acidic soil, they also tolerate alkaline and clay soils. Mature size, bloom color, and leaf color are variety specific.
- Sun to Part Sun
- Early spring blooming
- May have reddish-purple foliage
- Plant in well-drained soil