Description: The common name for this tree is Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera). This plum has new foliage which unfolds as ruby red, then reddish-purple for the rest of the growing season. It produces small, white to light pink, fragrant springtime flowers that appear before its leaves unfold (Fig. 03). Its spring blossoms attract bees. It is then followed by a heavy crop of edible, one-inch-diameter purple fruits which attract a variety of birds and squirrels.