Purple leaf plum tree is a deciduous tree that is shedding its leaves annually. It is also known as cherry plum. This tree grows nicely in cool to moderate climates. However, it does very well in the hot, dry Las Vegas desert area if it is watered regularly. Following the water schedule imposed by the Las Vegas Valley Water District will keep your purple plum tree blooming and will provide tasty fruits edible for humans. The fruit is of plum family, but smaller than the plums you find at the grocery store. They are juicy and sweet at first, than they become a bit sour as you get closer to the pit. The skin is sour too.
The purple leaf plum tree is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring and its beautiful light pink flowers brighten the warm spring days.