Krauter Vesuvius Plum Tree
Colorful Purple-Leaf Flowering Plum
Although Krauter Vesuvius Plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’) may produce a slight crop of small cherry-sized fruit, which attracts different species of birds, its greater value is ornamental instead of edible. Also called the KV Plum, Krauter Vesuvius has richly colored dark-purple leaves that give an encore performance to its pink flowers in spring. So let the birds eat the small fruits while you enjoy Krauter Vesuvius Plum’s brilliant color!
Krauter Vesuvius Plum provides three different colors during three seasons of the year with:
1. Profuse spring flowers. Before the leaves emerge, branches are covered with a profusion of pink flowers in spring.
2. Purple summer foliage. While the flowers are still blooming, the leaves begin to emerge. They quickly mature to dark purple.
3. Red fall foliage. When autumn rolls around, the purple leaves take on a reddish cast for a brilliant finish to a colorful growing season.
Shake up the Green in your Landscape
Krauter Vesuvius Purple-Leaf Plum adds splashes of color to an otherwise green landscape. As a perennial in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 8, this tree makes an even bolder statement when planted in groups of three. It’s a stunning specimen tree when planted in your front yard -- a tree that passersby will really notice! Plant a row of Krauter Vesuvius Plum trees in your sunny side yard for a riot of color all season long.
A checklist for caring for your Krauter Vesuvius Plum includes:
• Sun. Don’t skimp on full sun for this tree. In shady locations, the vibrant purple leaves fade to green.
• Soil. Always well-draining soil. Soggy sites may cause the roots to rot, potentially killing trees.
• Water. You’ll want to keep your new tree watered well during its first season after planting. After that (in the absence of sufficient rainfall), water deeply and wait until the soil slightly dries before watering again, which means you may have to water weekly during hot summers.
• Fertilizer. For profuse flowers and vibrant leaf color, have a soil test performed by your local Extension Service office and follow their recommendations.