How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The All Red Plum Tree is a miracle – a beautiful flowering tree that also produces a crop of delicious plums. Growing to around 25 feet in a decade or so, it starts the year with a glorious display of pink blossoms. Then the bright red leaves emerge, looking lovely and turning purple over the summer. Hidden beneath those leaves is a big crop of cherry plums, with red skin, red flesh and delicious flavors. They ripen in July and can be eaten fresh, baked into cakes or turned into preserves and jams.
- A truly dual-purpose flowering tree
- Garlanded with pink blooms in early spring
- Carries a crop of delicious purple plums in July
- Bold red leaves turn purple in summer
- Fruit is ideal for eating raw, baking or preserves
Plant the All Red Plum Tree in full sun for the best results. It grows and fruits well almost everywhere, even in zone 9, and grows in most soils, as long as they are well-drained. Pests and diseases are relatively unimportant, and no complex pruning is needed. This tree is also self-fertile, so you don’t even need to worry about having another variety around as a pollinator.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 5-9
- Mature Width 12-15
- Mature Height 15-25
- Soil Conditions Well-Drained Soil
- Sunlight Full Sun
- Drought Tolerance Moderate Drought Tolerance
We don’t have to make a hard choice between a beautiful garden and a productive one, and you don’t need a special part of the garden labelled ‘food’ and another called ‘pretty’. There are many plants that belong equally in both, and if you like fruit then a great place to start with a garden like that is by growing the All Red Plum Tree. Also called the Purple-leaf Plum, this lovely tree has it all. Profuse spring blooms in glowing pink, lovely red new leaves that turn purple for the summer, and heavy crops of small purple plums that are temptingly edible fresh or turned into preserves. The fruit is popular in much of Europe, snapped up when it comes briefly into season in summer, and the tree is often grown entirely for its beauty, without regard for the fruit. Whatever your reason for growing it, this truly is a tree that belongs everywhere in any garden. Tough and reliable across much of the country, it’s all thumbs up for the All Red Plum.
Growing the All Red Plum Tree
Size and Appearance
The All Red Plum Tree is a deciduous flowering tree that will grow between 2 and 3 feet a year when young, soon becoming a handsome feature and ultimately reaching up to 25 feet tall or more, with a broad spread. The bark is smooth and glossy on young stems, dark reddish-brown, turning more rough and rugged on older stems and the main trunk. It flowers early and profusely, in March or April, with the flowers opening just as the first baby leaves are showing. The blossoms are each about 1-inch across, dark pink in bud, opening to charming bowls of 5 broad petals, colored light pink. A tree in bloom is a delightful sight and a true ‘welcome’ to another spring season. The leaves expand as the flowers fade, and they are 1½ to 2½ inches long and about 1 inch wide, oval, with fine, soft ‘teeth’ along the edges and a pointed tip. They have a satin-gloss surface and young leaves are a rich wine-red. As the leaves mature they turn more purple, and this color is held well into summer, although in very hot areas they may become more greenish by August.
The fruits of the All Red Plum Tree are relatively small, about 1 inch across, but they are often carried in abundance. Unlike many other plum varieties, this one is self-fertile, and a single tree carries a good crop. The fruit is truly ‘all-red’, because both the skin and the flesh are rich, dark red. The crop is ready in late June or July – well before most other plums are ripe. The flavor is sweet and tangy, and delicious. You will find yourself popping them into your mouth like cherries. They also cook well, into compotes or pies, or they make delicious preserves and jams.
Using the All Red Plum Tree in Your Garden
Truly a dual-purpose tree, you can grow this tree everywhere in your garden, from a suitable spot right beside your home, to the edges of wooded areas, the back of shrub beds, or in your dedicated orchard area.
The All Red Plum Tree needs only 350 chill hours during winter, times when temperatures are below 45 degrees. So it will grow, bloom and fruit well even in zone 9, while the tree is tough enough to certainly survive winters in zone 5. Almost wherever you live, this tree can live with you.
Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions
Full sun is best to develop the leaf colors and ripen the plum of this tree. It will grow well in any well-drained soil, even poorer urban soils, and in different soil types, including alkaline soils, where often the choices of trees are more limited. It has some moderate drought resistance, and given that the crop is going to be over before summer drought arrives, you can rely on an established tree to handle it without much problem.
Maintenance and Pruning
This tree is relatively pest and disease free, especially for a fruit tree, so it’s unlikely you will need to worry about that. Birds can be a problem with many fruit trees, but fortunately, with the All Red Plum Tree, the fruit is largely hidden by the leaves, and since the plums and leaves are the same color, birds generally don’t notice them, and you can gather an easy harvest. Prune for shape and to prevent overcrowded branches, as you would any flowering tree, and shorten new shoots a little so that they don’t break with the weight of the crop they will carry the next year.
History and Origin of the All Red Plum Tree
This tree is a selected form of a tree Prunus divaricata, which is often seen in gardens as the cherry plum, or myrobalan, Prunus cerasifera. These trees are probably in fact simply varieties of the same species. It grows wild throughout Central Asia, from the Caucus Mountains to Iran and even further east. The country of Iran at one time had an absolute, king-like ruler called the Shah. The Shah of Iran in the late 19th century had a French head-gardener at his palace, Monsieur Pissard. In the hills around Tehran he found a plant of cherry plum with pink flowers, while all the other wild trees had white ones. As well, the leaves were red, not green. In 1880 he sent the plant to France, where it became popular and was soon spread around the world. At first called atropurpurea, today we should correctly call it, ‘Pissardii’.
Buying the All Red Plum Tree at the Tree Center
Every garden should be both beautiful and productive. Make yours that way by planting the All Red Plum Tree in it. Fruit production shouldn’t be hard, and with this tree it truly isn’t. But order right away, because this popular tree is loved by all gardeners, and our supply will be gone very soon.