Native to: Western Asia Crown: Rounded Height: 30 feet Width: 20 - 25 feet Growth Rate: Moderate
Characteristics: This tree has single pink spring flowers that are followed by red-purple foliage.
Negative Features: Fruit can be messy. Surface roots can cause sidewalk problems in narrow planters. It is a short-lived tree with an expected urban life span of 20 years. It is prone to insects and disease. Deep colored foliage will tend to darken streets when used in mass plantings.
Uses: Good for underneath wires, cul-de-sacs and tight places. Good for highlights and entry features, and situations where there is little room on arterial, collector and residential streets. Best used in limited quantity. This is a good choice when a shorter tree is necessary in order not to obscure a view.
Comments: The Thundercloud is one of the best purple-leafed plums which retains its deep foliage color through the growing season. Fruit can attract bees and be messy.