Thanks again to breeders at the University of Florida, we now have a Purple-leafed Plum that will withstand the hot summers of the Deep South. In the past, northern varieties such as Newport, Thundercloud or Krauter-Vesuvius were too high chill to grow well in Florida and along the coasts. But St. Lukes is very low chill and will maintain its garnet leaf color as far south as Orlando and Tampa, throughout the heat of August! In spring it has a profusion of small white blossoms, then leafs out with its bright garnet leaves and in the fall its color deepens to a rich magenta.
St. Lukes is a tremendous accent plant and adaptable to a wide range of conditions. No yard should be without one!
Tree Form: Vase
Bloom: Small white blossoms in March
Foliage: Rich garnet red color all year
Light requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained upland soils pH 6.0-7.0
Pruning: Pruning consists of the removal of dead, diseased, or damaged branches, maintaining size (width) within your landscape.
Hardiness Zone: 7-9
Size Shipped: 18-36" container-grown
Available at farm for pickup: 3, 7, 15, 30-gallon (8-10' tall)
Please call for prices and availability.