Every February, these deciduous trees acknowledge the return of spring before any other flowering tree on the Central coast. There are many varieties of Flowering plums to choose from. They can range in size from the diminutive 'Purple Pony' (12 ft tall) to 'Hollywood' (30-40 ft tall). Most of the varieties have pink flowers but some bloom pure white followed by dark purple to red leaves. It is worth the time to do a little research before selecting a variety for your yard. Some varieties do produce fruit and will stain walkways from fruit drop.
Flowering plums are not too fussy about soil and can get by with little dry season water. But, they look best with moderate water and are good trees for proximity to lawns. Because of their size, they are good choices for sidewalks and walkways. They can look dreadful when planted in a prevailing wind as they will lose leaves from the cutting salt wind. Pruning is only necessary for corrective shaping and controlling size. (see bad pruning job in bottom left sidebar)
20-30 feet tall
Some varieties are shorter - some taller
80 + years