Habit wise, the blireiana plum is much shorter than the other purple-leaf plums, rarely have I seen one over 15 feet. They never develop into a nice looking tree, branches go every which way and there are usually lots of dead branches. Rumored to be rounded.
Young stems reddish brown. The image shows the flower buds swelling.
This one shows the new red stems, not many, and a great bacterial gall produced by Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
Misidentification: Other purple-leaf plums. Look for the double flowers, the odd growths on the main trunk, and lots of dead wood.
There are some really sad ones on Soquel Dr at Cabrillo Fitness, 6200 Soquel Dr.
some close to the beach in RDM flats on Aptos Beach Drive, near the corner of Marina Ave.
There are several in the Doctors office complex next to Dominican Hospital, boarding Dominican Way and Mission on the east side of Dominican Way.
Seabright and Gault along Seabright.