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What is a flowering plum tree?

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The flowering plum tree, also known as Prunus cerasifera, is an ornamental tree that is native to Asia. Other names include myrobalan plum and cherry plum.

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Flowering plum trees live about 20 years, making them a short-lived tree. They are vulnerable to fungal infections if their roots sit too long in over-watered soil. They prefer full sun or partial shade conditions and do not do well in windy areas. They need well-drained acidic soil. Several varieties of the flowering plum tree are commercially cultivated and exhibit slight variations in height and coloring with leaves in different shades of purple and red. Frequently used in landscaping, these trees produce edible fruit that is especially attractive to birds and bees. Flowering plum trees are one of the first blooming trees of the spring.

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