The flowering or ornamental plum tree is also known as the purple leaf or black plum. It is easy to grow, and is relatively pest-free. The dark green leaves set off the colorful flowers, making the flowering plum one of the most popular ornamental trees.
The flowers can be single or double blooms and come in white, dark, medium or light pink or a combination of white and pink. They can grow from 25 to 40 feet in height. Some varieties will produce a fruit--some edible, some not.
The tree can tolerate a short drought period. The tree can be grown in zones 4 to 9, all but the coldest and hottest parts of the country.
Ornamental plum needs full sun, at least 6 hours of sun a day. It can take any kind of soil, as long as it is well drained.
The flowering plum needs very little care or pruning. Water just occasionally, but so that the water goes deep into the soil.
The trees are used as small shade trees or specimen trees. The edible fruits are used to make jelly.