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|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Ornamental Cherry
Ornamental cherry trees are beautiful and fast growing. This makes them worth the small amount of extra care that is required to help them thrive. Cherry trees are susceptible to a number of diseases, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Reduce stress on your cherry tree by providing well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Do not plant the tree where soil does not drain adequately. If your soil is compacted or poor, prepare for your tree by adding organic matter to the garden bed by tilling in compost and mulching the surface with leaves or hardwood chips.
Consider collecting a soil sample for a soil test. Armed with the results, you can provide your cherry tree with adequate nutrients – to apply the fertilizer, follow the following the guidelines on your soil test and fertilizer label. Provide supplemental water to your cherry tree during hot/dry spells and continue to apply mulch until the tree is well established.
Identify and prune problem branches early. Get to branches while they are small to maintain the shape of your tree and prune out damaged or unhealthy branches.
Perform this simple prune, mulch, and fertilize upkeep once per year before your tree blooms in the spring and you will be on your way to having a gorgeous healthy cherry tree that is the envy of your neighborhood.