The leaves are deciduous, simple, 2-3" long, ovate to elliptical, finely serrated margins, dark purple until later summer and they turn dirty green. They have a small gland at the base of the leaf blade where the petiole starts.
Misidentification: There are two cultivars of PLP's that are almost identical, 'Thundercloud' and 'Krauter's Versuvius' and I am not sure I can tell them apart without seeing them in early spring and if they have not been pruned. How important is it to know? Well, the experts suggest that 'Krauter's Versuvius' is more tolerant of warmer and drier conditions, which is great for inland and southern areas, but might not be critical here. It is also smaller and more upright, and its leaves are darker red and less bronzy than 'Thundercloud'. " (Jacobson. 1990).
Locations: Pretty common,
Nice group on the corner of Soqeul Dr and Fairway Dr, on the ocean side of Soquel.