Newport Plum

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Fabulous Flowers and Foliage Newport Plum

  • Great Dark Purple Foliage Color
  • Fragrant Pale Pink Spring Flowers
  • Early Bloomer
  • Heat and Cold Hardy
  • Small Edible Fruit Loved by Birds

One of the hardiest Purpleleaf Plums, the Newport Plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Newport') is an important landscape ornamental tree with unique color. Imagine having a compact, tidy tree in your yard that maintains a deep, rich purple shade all summer long!

It thrives in the high heat and humidity of the Midwest, South, and Mid-Atlantic states. It's also super cold hardy and low maintenance.

The bold color really draws the eye as a stand out against the typical ho-hum hues of summer foliage. The Newport Plum forms a dense rounded canopy, which makes a pleasing silhouette in the landscape.

Newport Plum will grace you with a lovely, early spring display earlier than most other trees. It literally leaps into spring with a copious bloom of delicate pink flowers. The flowers have a deliciously sweet scent.

The flowers are accented by the new bronze-purple leaves. The leaves deepen into dark purple by the middle of summer. In fall, the leaves finish a beautiful deep red. It's a magnificent show all season long.

Although most people grow this tree for its ornamental features, it does develop small, edible fruit when planted together in groups. The fruits are small, which is why it's nicknamed the "Cherry Plum" tree.

Just like Crabapples, you can use these fruits for jelly, or leave them for the birds to enjoy. They'll love the yearly treat!

Single trees won't produce much fruit. Even if you only plant one, local songbirds will still come for a visit. They love to nest in Newport Plum.

Newport Plum is an excellent choice for almost any landscape across much of the United States. It's a cold hardy and heat tolerant, easy-care, deciduous tree. It's not bothered by deer.

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How to Use Newport Plum in the Landscape

Use this beautiful tree as a stand-alone specimen at the corner of your house in a sophisticated front yard foundation planting. It will easily ground the house to its surroundings and be a bold accent to boost your curb appeal.

You can easily trim off the lowest branches back to the main trunk. This creates a longer trunk and a higher canopy.

Or, leave those lower branches on for a lovely screen for a patio area. Plant it 10 feet away from concrete, so any fruits that the birds miss won't cause any problem.

People even plant several along a curved line to create a small grouping in a raised berm. Try running several along the back of a mixed border. You'll get a magnificent backdrop for bright flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals.

Because this Flowering Plum has a pleasing round canopy and dense foliage, it makes the perfect tree to block the afternoon sun. Plant it 15 feet away from a west or south-facing window.

You can see how versatile this widely adaptable, beautiful tree is, can't you? Order today!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Newport Plum is a hardy tree requiring little maintenance. You can prune it in late summer or fall, if you'd like.

To use as a continuous hedge, leave the lower branches on. Plant these trees 8 to 10 feet apart, measuring from the trunk of one to the trunk of the next.

If you prefer to see each tree as an individual, simply increase the spacing to 10 to 12 feet apart.

You'll love the ornamental features of this medium-sized, pretty tree. It's a wonderful choice!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Newport Plum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus cerasifera 'Newport'
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Purple
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes