Botanical Name: Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'
Common Name: Krauter Vesuvius Purple-leaf Plum  
Plant photo of: Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Purple, Red


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees, Messy

Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Screen, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Seatree Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

'Krauter Vesuvius' is a deciduous, small tree with a dense, twiggy, oval crown, growing to about 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. It has light pink, fragrant flowers that emerge before the leaves. Leaves emerge a deep red and mature to a reddish purple; it retains this reddish color best in full sun. Small, red, edible fruit ripen July and August. Autumn leaf color is golden yellow to orange. Naturally low branching, and so place where that isn't an issue.
Grow in full sun in any well-drained soil; adaptive to a vartiety of soil types including clay, loamy-clay, and sandy-loam. pH adaptive. Prune after flowering (see Guides for tips).