Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’)

Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum

  • Early Bloomer
  • Covered in Showy Pink Flowers in Spring
  • Bright Red New Leaves
  • Deep Red-Purple Foliage
  • Consistent Leaf Color All Season Long
  • Excellent Foliage Plant
  • Easy-Care, Gorgeous Flowering Trees
  • Widely Adaptable
  • Moderately Drought Tolerant
  • Urban Tolerant

Looking for a superstar in your yard? You know, the kind of jaw-dropping, head-turning tree that makes the neighbors jealous.

Try Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’). It is one of the earliest small trees to bloom in the garden.

Hundreds of baby-pink flowers line the bare branches for a very showy display. Those precious blooms are so welcome after a long winter.

Go ahead and host a Welcome Spring party. Your guests will be amazed!

As the blooms are fading, you’ll notice tiny, new leaves emerge brilliant red. As they grow, they age to a bold, deep red-purple color.

You’ll be pleased to know that Krauter Vesuvius holds that delicious, dark color through fall. You’ll have no mid-summer switcheroo to muddy green for this improved variety!

It’s one of the most consistent trees on the market. The shiny, dark purple leaves are a big reason why Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum makes a perfect choice for a small ornamental tree.

It looks fantastic from early spring all the way through fall. Even in winter, you’ll appreciate the lush, upright canopy of branches.

You’ll love this colorful ornamental specimen! Easily add drama in many places around your landscape.

How to Use Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum Tree in the Landscape

Rely on these easy-care Flowering Plums for vibrant foliage color all season long. Use these small deciduous trees to make a tremendous visual impact in your landscape.

Plant a single tree as an excellent small specimen in a patio planting, or at the side of your front walkway. Include one as a focal point in a special Outdoor Yoga garden room, or Meditation Garden.

Add another tree to flank either side of your entryway. You’ll create a more formal style for instant curb appeal.

Use a row of them along your driveway, or as a tall, colorful backdrop for your mixed border. Plant them 12 feet apart on center, measuring from trunk to trunk.

Grow it under utility wires as a pretty street tree. Just give it a bit of space away from sidewalks and driveways. While it seldom produces tiny fruit, why make more work for yourself? 20 feet away from concrete is plenty.

While we’re at it, we also recommend that you remove turf and mulch under your Krauter Vesuvius. Be sure to tuck in spring-flowering bulbs in pretty drifts under the mulch to amplify the charming springtime show.

If you have the space, they’ll make a fantastic informal grouping. Vary the width apart and use an odd number of trees for the most natural look.

Tips for Care

Give Krauter Vesuvius a planting site in full sun. At least 6 hours of direct sunlight will deliver the best flowering and brightest foliage.

Ensure your planting site has well-drained soil. Use a raised bed for planting, if your soil holds water for a long time.

Please pay careful attention to watering during the first season. Once your tree is established, you won’t need to water as much, unless the weather turns really hot or stays dry.

Mulch over the root system to keep it cool. Fertilize with a slow-release, organic formula according to the label directions.

Prune to shape after the spring flowers fade. Work to create a strong structure of branches, and remove crossing branches. Open the canopy to sunlight and air circulation.

Garden designers across the country call us for large orders every week. No wonder! Foliage plants like Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum are worth their weight in gold. They can literally carry the whole design all season long.

Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’) Details

Common name Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Botanical name Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 20 ft.
Width 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color Pink
Leaf color Deciduous