Flowering plum trees are landscape trees rather than fruit-bearing trees, and they have glossy, decorative foliage during the summer. They bear sweet-smelling white or pink flowers in spring, but should never lose their leaves during that period. A flowering plum that's losing its leaves may be suffering from a lack of proper care.
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Plum trees are hardy to United States Department of Horticulture growing zone 4, but will suffer in colder growing zones where they get heavy freezes during the winter. A plum tree will lose its leaves and die if temperatures are too cold.
Like all fruit trees, flowering plum trees do best if they get full sun for eight hours a day. A plum tree that doesn't get enough sun will experience yellowing leaves and lack of blooming.
A plum that's not getting enough water -- around 2 inches a week -- may be unable to support leaves and blossoms.
Nutrition and Soil
Although flowering plum trees don't require heavily nutritious soil, they do require some nutrition and a healthy growing situation. Gardeners should keep their plums in loose, quick-draining soil and give them fertiliser or organic compost every spring. This soil combination will support blooming and leaf growth.
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