How to Fertilize Purple Plum Trees


The purple-leaved plum tree (Prunus cerasifera), also known as a cherry plum, is an ornamental landscape tree with dark purple foliage. This is a small, deciduous tree, growing from 15 to 28 feet in height. If planted in full sun, in slightly acidic soil, purple-leaved plums produce small, edible fruit. Purple plum trees are hardy to USDA zone 5, and need fertilizing every two years, in early spring.

Step 1

Rake around the purple plum tree in a 3-foot radius. Rake up any mulch, leaves and other debris. Rake over the area again to loosen the top 1 inch of soil.

Step 2

Scatter the fertilizer, at the rate suggested on the package, in a 3-foot radius around the tree. Use the rake to scratch the fertilizer into the top 1 inch of soil.

Step 3

Water the soil until the top 4 inches is moist. This will help activate the fertilizer and allow it to seep into the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • 5-7-2 granular fertilizer


  • University of Connecticut: Prunus Cerasifera
  • ‭"‬Landscape Management:‭ ‬Planting and Maintenance of Trees,‭ ‬Shrubs and Turfgrass‭;" ‬James R.‭ ‬Feucht and Jack D.‭ ‬Butler‭; ‬1988
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