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I'd like to get one of these for my back yard but I'm not sure what kind of tree it is... anybody know?

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That is Purple Leaf Plum, Prunus cerasifera. The fruits will drop after coloring, so this is classed as a messy tree, but I agree it is attractive.

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  • This could also be prunus virginiana schubert. This tree to 9 meters tall by 5 m spread has purple foliage and white flowers.
    – kevinskio
    Jun 27, 2014 at 1:37
  • @kevinsky check out the flower stem structure of P. virginiana 'schubert': eutopiagardens.org/latest/eutopia_biota/images/imported/bibldb/… I think the flowers of that one branch off a flower stem, whereas P. cerasifera flowers come directly from the old bud wood, or from a smaller stem.
    – J. Musser
    Jun 27, 2014 at 2:07
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    I have trouble telling where the flowering stems attach. It's definitely a Prunus species and you are right they can be messy. Best planted away from paths.
    – kevinskio
    Jun 27, 2014 at 11:07

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