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Flowering plum (Prunus cerasifera)
Photo by Ernst Kucklich; written by Kathleen N. Brenzel

Flowering plum

(Prunus cerasifera)

Single white to light pink flowers open in clusters from pinkish buds before leaves appear (in March in the Northwest, earlier in warmer climes), releasing a honey scent, especially on warm, sunny days. The tree, 20 to 30 feet tall and wide, likes full sun. ‘Thundercloud’ has purplish brown leaves. Zones 3–22.

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