Purple Pony Plum Tree

As low as $73.99 was $99.99
Availability: In stock

Compact Fruitless Purple Pony Plum Tree

  • Small Accent Tree
  • Dark Purple Leaves
  • Color Won't Fade
  • Fruitless
  • Ideal for Small Yards
  • Cold Hardy

Homeowners across the country have fallen in love with dwarf Purple Pony (Prunus cerasifera 'Purple Pony'). This cute tree is a very dependable accent with abundant, shell pink flowers in the early spring.

The beautiful, single pale pink blooms are followed by the deep purple foliage. This foliage color does not fade, discolor, dull, or go green. It stays glistening, vivid and dark red all through the heat of summer.

With smaller yards, the need for dwarf accent trees has never been greater. The ornamental value of the Purple Pony is outstanding. It stays small and has a wonderful shape in the landscape.

This tree stays nice and tidy, too. It features a compact, uniform canopy that won't require much pruning to shape it. You can plant it and enjoy it, knowing it won't give you trouble.

And Purple Pony Plum has been observed since 1962. It is considered sterile. Because it doesn't produce fruit, it won't mess up the yard, walkway, or driveway. It is a wonderful Flowering Plum that is a non-fruiting tree.

The delightful characteristics of the Purple Pony Plum make it a must-have for today's landscape. This is a fine selection that will be enjoyed in the yard for many years to come. Order today!

How to Use Purple Pony Plum in the Landscape

With lot sizes shrinking, the dwarf Purple Pony Plum is the perfect tree to add a spot of brilliance throughout the yard with little extra effort. From the light pink blooms to the gorgeous leaves all season, you can use this as a small anchor tree for garden beds.

With its attractive shape, it's dressy enough for front yard plantings. Try this as a single specimen at the corner of your house, or plant one on either side of your front door.

You'll love the look of a long, straight row of individual Purple Pony Plum trees lining a driveway. A hedgerow would also work beautifully as a long backdrop along the back fence of a property. This is a beautiful way to add height to an existing fence.

The uniform growth of the trees gives a consistent look in these applications. For individual trees, plant them 10 to 12 feet apart. You'll measure from the trunk of one to the trunk of the next.

For a hedgerow, where the branches will grow together and touch, shorten the planting distance to 8 to 10 feet between each trunk.

You can leave the lower branches growing low on the trunk for a beautiful specimen or privacy screen. You'll gain more blooms in spring and a gorgeous foliage display.

Or, limb up any low branches back to the trunk if you'd like to use it as a small shade tree. You'll gain more room under the canopy. Just imagine you and a friend in a pair of comfy chairs and a pitcher of lemonade or cocktails. How fun!

A pretty tree like this can also be used to create walls of garden rooms. Carve out a special place for yourself in your yard.

Purple Pony Plum can be used in unlimited ways in the landscape. This is truly the ideal accent tree for the limited lots size of today's average size urban properties.

#ProPlantTips for Care

While this tree tolerates a wide range of soil types, please note that it does require good drainage. Where poor drainage is suspected, plant the Purple Pony on a mound or raised bed 12 to 18 inches above the soil line.

The Purple Pony shows good disease resistance, has a sterile flower (so it will not produce fruit) and has become very popular in the colder zones of USDA 5 and 6. Easy care trees, plant them in rich organic soil that has good drainage.

Light pruning is best done in fall, winter, or summer. You won't want to miss any of the flowers, after all.

Plant it in full sun, or in partial sun where it will get afternoon shade. Give it regular watering to get it established in your yard. Once it's become established, it can tolerate periodic drought.

People are searching for these beautiful young trees. If you see it in stock, please place your order today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big do Purple Pony Plum Trees get?

Purple Pony Plum Trees can obtain 15 feet in mature height and width in optimal conditions.

How fast do Purple Pony Plum Trees grow?

Purple Pony Plum Trees are medium growth rate trees and can gain about a foot or so of growth per year in optimal conditions.

Are Purple Leaf Plum Trees messy? Do Purple Pony Plum Trees lose their leaves?

Purple Pony Plum Tree will drop its leaves in the fall, but otherwise is not any more or less messy than your typical deciduous tree.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won’ts when it comes to shipping plants, both bare root and containers. Find your Purple Pony Plum Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

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

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

Click Here to learn more

Plant Sentry


To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

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 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

Click here to see our full rates


Purple Pony Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus cerasifera 'Purple Pony'
Mature Height 15 feet
Mature Spread 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Burgundy / Purple
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Sterile