The Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ (Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum) Full Care Guide


The Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum, otherwise known as the Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ or Japanese Plum ‘Burbank’, Burbank Japanese Plum, is a rather well known tree plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its high maintenance and moderate growth, this tree will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its purple colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, this is exactly what we’ll cover in this Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum Care Guide. So let’s dive in.

In order to take proper care of your Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum you’ll need to keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Water: The Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.
  • Light: Keep your Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum in soil with moist but well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, chalk, and loam.

And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.

Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius' care

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum belongs to the Rosaceae family, the genus Prunus and the species Salicina, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ (PROO-nus ser-as-IF-er-a).

As with other Prunus’s, the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

Growing Region

The Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum is a plant native to the Vietnam, Russia China, and Taiwan.

You might be wondering why your Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.

With this in mind, the Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 3 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But what exactly does this mean for your Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…

The Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ can grow up to 8′ – 35′ (240cm – 10.5m) in 8′ – 35′ (240cm – 10.5m) and 8′ – 20′ (240cm – 6m) in 8′ – 20′ (240cm – 6m). 

Water

In terms of watering, the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

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Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum in soil with moist but well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, chalk, and loam.

This is why most experts agree that the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum requires soil with loam (silt), which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this tree will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being a deciduous plant, the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early), and during the summer (mid, late).

Flowers

You can expect your Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).

In particular, this tree is well known for its showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum produces some beautiful pink, or white flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum have a beautiful purple color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a simple arrangement in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ to be around (3-6 inches) in size.

The Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum is well known for being able to attract birds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius' flowers

Garden

Now, let’s talk garden and how your Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum will look best in it.

Most Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ owners agree that this tree will look great in most contemporary and cottage gardens of all types. 

In particular, the Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum’s best use for landscaping within your garden is as urban garden, coastal exposure, specimen, or a woodland garden.

Companion Plants

Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Viburnum, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Syringa will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!

Conclusion

And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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