Delivery Date Determined By Size
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum


  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 20-25' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 10-15' apart

Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'

Regular price $425.00
Delivery Date Determined By Size
Shipping included
How large is this tree? View the Size Guide.

Why plant Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum?

The Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum tree (a.k.a. Purple Cherry Plum) is a ravishing redhead that will delight you with sweet shell-pink flowers in spring and deep burgundy foliage all season. This fast-growing Flowering Plum tree fills out in a hurry but stays a manageable size, topping out at 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. Plant it near your front walk, patio, pool, deck, or anywhere you want a jolt of color. Backed by light-colored siding or a white fence, this Purple Plum tree’s color really pops, and we also like it with pink- or white-flowering trees like E.H. Wilson Mimosa or Kousa Dogwood.

A royal purple plant fit for a king, Purple Leaf Plum arrived to the West directly from the garden of the King of Persia (modern-day Iran) in 1880. The ruler at that time was the first Shah to embrace some Western technologies and customs—he even employed a French head gardener, Ernest Pissard, to maintain the palace grounds. Pissard exported the first (Persian) Purple Leaf Plum to the West. Since then, other variants have been conjured—like this variety, claimed by Carl Krauter of Bakersfield, California, which was released in 1957.

How to use Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum in the landscape?

Carl Krauter knew what he was doing when he selected this volcanic beauty! Unlike the Mount Vesuvius that devastated Pompeii, this hardy Purple Leaf Plum explodes with light pink flowers in spring and later erupts with deep purple leaves that endure the entire season. Fast-growing and more heat tolerant than the Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum, the Krauter's Vesuvius Plum will knock you on your ash!

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

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- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum

Purpleleaf Plums will do better in a sunny location in your landscape. The sun helps them to retain their dark purple leaf color. The Krauter’s Vesuvius (which we call “K.V.’s” around here) are very heat tolerant and grows well in most soil conditions, however they don’t like soils that are too wet. So after they are first planted in your yard, give them enough water to keep the soil moist. Giving your Purpleleaf Plums a simple tree fertilizer for the first 3 years or so would be very beneficial as well. Fertilizing about once a year, preferably in the fall, will give your tree essential nutrients that will help promote healthy new growth and flowers for the following spring. K.V.’s are vigorous growers. Don’t be afraid to prune them when necessary. K.V.’s have strong root development (which will withstand more “Wizard of Oz”-type winds) and an upright growing habit. There aren’t too many diseases or pests that cause major problems for these Plums. Krauter’s Vesuvius is more resistant to Black Knot, which is a fungus and is controlled by cutting the infection out of the tree. It may have the occasional Japanese Beetle problem, which can be controlled by spraying, or watering your tree with a concentrated insecticide/water mixture.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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