This hardy plum is known for their dark purple leaf which makes it an attractive landscape plant. It has fragrant flowers of pale pink which develop into small, edible plums. It can grow to up to 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide. `Newport' should be grown in full sun on well-drained soils but it will tolerate slightly alkaline soil. It is also tolerant of moderate heat and drought, it may succumb to borers on poor, compacted soil.