Ornamental Plum Tree

Ornamental Plum Tree

Although most plum trees are cultivated for their fruits, you can still use them for ornamental purposes to provide beautiful pink fragrant blossoms in spring time. Also, their foliage will change their colors into burgundy in summer and add extra anesthetic values for your backyard. Its delicious fruits can provide great food for your family members.

The beautiful pink flowers are the most outstanding features of a plum tree. The flowers are usually formed in clusters on the branches for a few days. Its dense green foliage will turn into purple in summer. It can grow up to 25 feet in height and it prefers full sunlight conditions with well-drained soil. It can spread for more than 10 feet and the fruits will appear when the summer is gone. It can tolerate most soil types as long as there is adequate water. Its varieties are cultivated all around the world and its plums are main products of many areas.

Although a plum tree needs very little maintenance during its growth, you still need to spend some time to take care of it. It should be planted in a location with adequate sunlight during the day. Some pruning is required if the branches are crowded. You also need to get rid of the suckers growing from the areas near the ground. During the first several months after planting, you should apply adequate water to help them establish their root system. After two years of growth, the watering frequency should be decreased and you should provide water as it needs. The amount of water for the tree should depend on the soil type and local weather.

The ornamental plum tree can be infected by a number of fungi and bacteria. One of the most common diseases which may affect plum trees is the black spot which will generate large black spots on the branches. You should prune the ill branches as early as possible, and the pruning location should be around tree inches below the black spots. Moreover, the plum trees can also be infected by other fungi like shothole fungus and brown rot fungus. Some fungicide can be purchased for the local nurseries to control the spread of fungi.

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