|'Atropurpurea' has a dense branching form, upright, with reddish purple leaves and light pink flowers which usually open before the leaves. It was introduced into France from Persia in the 1880's and is also known as the Pissard Plum. To get the best foliage color, site it in full sun. The new leaves are ruby-red, later they turn dark reddish purple. The fruits are also purple. It is marginally hardy in zone 4.
This is a highly decorative tree, with beautiful foliage. Excellent in Japanese gardens, or just about anywhere you would like an extravagant, showy specimen tree.