Prunus × blireana (syn. Prunus × blireiana) Rosaceae
Blireana Plum PROO-nus bli-ree-A-na
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, 20 by 20 ft (6 x 6 m), rounded, dense branching, trunk often has large bumps. Leaves alternate, simple, at first purple but fade to green, 3-6 cm long, ovate, apex acuminate, base rounded. Blooms in very early spring before leaves appear, flowers solitary, pink, double, 3 cm across, somewhat fragrant. Fruit purplish red, but rarely formed.
- Sun. A short lived tree-- my guess is that in Corvallis, a healthy looking tree at 35 years-old would be rare. Very attractive in flower, but Jacobson (1996, p. 487) states the following --- "Habit chaotic, congested, and twiggy. The trunk develops unsightly warts and burls. It is as if the cream-of-the-crop genetics went into flowers, leaving only the dregs for the rest of the tree."
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 A hybrid of P. cerasifera Atropurpurea and a double form of P. mume. Developed in France, introduced in 1906.
- blireana: of Blere, France. blireana is the spelling used by the Royal Hort. Soc.(Huxely, 1992) and Krüssmann (1976). The specific epithet is also spelled blireiana, e.g., Jacobson (1996), Sunset Western Garden Book (Brenzel, 2001).
- Oregon State Univ. campus: southeast corner of Vet. Research Lab., which is south of Dryden Hall.