I've a plant growing in my garden, that I'm hoping somebody can identify. I live in zone 5b or 6a, on the Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

It's about 2-3' tall, has dark red leaves,

Red leaf Leaf size

gets little white flowers in the spring,

White flower Flower closeup

and has a dark colored bark.

Dark bark

What is this plant?

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I reckon its Prunus cerasifera, or a cultivar of, commonly known as Purple Leaf Flowering Plum or Myrobalan plum. The leaves should be toothed or serrated at the edges - some varieties are more toothed than others, but I can see some of that on these leaves. I can't see inside a flower clearly, but there should be a reddish purple centre, or at least a darker eye, to the flower. Some of the varieties have red stamens initially, which I can see on one or two flowers. There should be a scent to the flowers - there are all white forms too. Hardy in zones 4-8.

  • Didn't initially mention it, but the shrub is only ~3' tall. Would that change your answer?
    – Tester101
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 18:50
  • No - unless you know its been in situ for ten years and has never been pruned.
    – Bamboo
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 19:47
  • Missed the edit window, sorry - no, it wouldn't change my answer - some of the varieties are more spreading than tall anyway
    – Bamboo
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 19:57

Take a look at Prunus × cistena 'Crimson Dwarf'. To quote from the RHS, it's "an upright, bushy, medium-sized deciduous shrub with small, pinkish-white flowers. Leaves red-purple, deepening in the summer and brighter in autumn." If yours shows no sign of growing into a tree/large shrub, this is what it probably is.

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