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PRUNUS x cistena

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS x cistena

Plant Common Name

Purple Sand Cherry, Purpleleaf Sand Cherry

General Description

Purpleleaf sand cherry is a medium-sized deciduous shrub resulting from the cross between sand cherry (Prunus pumila) and the cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'). The foliage emerges an intense purple-red and matures to coppery purple. Dainty, fragrant, pinkish flowers appear in spring, contrasting nicely with the purple foliage. Small, cherry-like, dark-purple fruit sometimes follows in summer that are favored by wildlife, tasting sweetly acidic to humans.

Purpleleaf sand cherry is best located in a full sun situation with a well drained soil. It works well in mixed borders and patio and foundation plantings. This is one of the few exceptional and reliable purple-foliaged shrubs for regions with very cold winters.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Purple

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Copper

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No