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    Purpleleaf Sandcherry

    Prunus x cistena

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    Purpleleaf Sandcherry (Prunus x cistena) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry foliage

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry foliage

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    Purpleleaf Sandcherry (Prunus x cistena) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry (Prunus x cistena) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry flowers

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  7 feet

    Spread:  5 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  3b

    Other Names:  Cistena Cherry

    Description:

    A popular color accent shrub, upright-branched and wide spreading; small pink flowers in spring are elegant, but the reddish-purple foliage is a standout all season long; needs full sun and well-drained soil, excellent for adding lasting color to a garden

    Ornamental Features

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry has attractive burgundy foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features delicate fragrant shell pink flowers along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds before the leaves. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth bark and deep purple branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

    Landscape Attributes

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

    This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Purpleleaf Sandcherry will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

    This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Garden 
    Applications
    Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Bark 
    Ornamental Features

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