The ‘Thundercloud’ plum - Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' - is a cultivar of the ornamental flowering plum. It has beautiful spring time blooms of pale pink that seem to open all at once among the branches. At the same time the dark purple leaves begin to appear adding depth and texture to the scene. This beautiful tree is mostly seen as a specimen tree in lawns and among gardens. It has a small stature and spread that does not overwhelm a yard, walkway, or patio, and it will not take over a garden only add to it with its delicate beauty. In the summer it produces small edible fruit that attracts wildlife and in the fall the foliage will continue to attract attention by turning to a yellow and red color among dark purple.
|Bloom Color:||Light pink & white|
|Fall Color:||Yellow, orange, & red|
|Foliage Color:||Emerges red/purple transitioning to dark purple in the summer.|
|Genus & Species:||Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud'|
|Mature Height:||15 to 25 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||15 to 20 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Adaptable, but prefers moist, but well draining soil that is slightly acidic|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun|
|Zone:||4 to 8|
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I have ordered bare roots plants from other companies in the past, and this exceeded my expectations. I expected to see a nearly dead twig that was just flexible enough to let you know it still has a small amount of life left in it. What I got was a tree complete with branches and leaves. The tree was clearly full of life. I ordered two and both look great. We had a freeze the night I put them in the ground and they still seem to be doing great!! Of course the leaves are now falling off just like the other trees in my are; it is fall after all. The real test will be to see how they start to branch out in the spring, but for bare root trees (half the price of a local nursery I might add) I am happy.
My Thunderstorm Plum trees came today. Packaged carefully and in great condition. I will get them in the ground tomorrow, expecting great results.