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Krauter Vesuvius Cherry Plum

Prunus cerasifera


The Krauter Vesuvius Cherry Plum tree is a moderately growing ornamental tree and is known for its showy flowers and attractive foliage. It has a symmetrical shape with a dense crown. Krauter Vesuvius’ rarely fruits. The fruit is purple and round. There is some speculation to weather or not this tree is poisonous and has been known to cause serious stomach pain when ingested. So until you are absolutely sure it safe do not try and eat the leaves, flowers, bark or berries. This Cherry Plum is known for its showy flowers and attractive foliage.


Cherry Plums are native to the area from Central Asia to Southeastern Europe. The Cherry Plum tree should be grown in full sunshine in well-drained, acidic soil to bring out the most vibrant leaf colors. You will need to follow a regular weekly watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive healthy root system. With proper care this tree will grow to a moderate height of approximately 20ft tall and about 15ft wide.


This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. This plant is considered to be mostly allergic reaction free and causes little or no allergy problems for most people.

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1 Comment

Marcus Ramsden
Marcus Ramsden 6 years ago

I've been eating this plum raw, in jellies, in pies and fermented to both wine and vinegar for years. The latter product rivals conventional umeboshi. Amygdalin/cyanide, that is, the flavor of almonds, appears to be the only poison alluded to online, and I have to believe, is easily avoided by not eating the pits or leaves. That said, I do occasionally eat the pits for the more opulent than commercial almonds, almond taste, and though I'll continue to do so, I think I'll limit myself to about 6 at a time. And I think I'll be making this dish

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Spotted on Mar 5, 2012
Submitted on Jun 6, 2012

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