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Purpleleaf Sandcherry

Prunus x cistena

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Purpleleaf Sandcherry (Prunus x cistena) at Wagner Nursery & Landscape

Purpleleaf Sandcherry foliage

Purpleleaf Sandcherry foliage

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Purpleleaf Sandcherry (Prunus x cistena) at Wagner Nursery & Landscape

Purpleleaf Sandcherry

Purpleleaf Sandcherry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Purpleleaf Sandcherry (Prunus x cistena) at Wagner Nursery & Landscape

Purpleleaf Sandcherry flowers

Purpleleaf Sandcherry flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  7 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

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.

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

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