Purple Leaf Sand Cherry Shrubs for Sale Online
Prunus × cistena, the purple leaf sand cherry or dwarf red-leaf plum, is a hybrid species of prune-cherry, the result of a cross between Prunus cerasifera and Prunus pumila.
About Your Purple Leaf Sand Cherry Shrubs
Prunus × cistena, commonly called purple-leaf sand cherry, is an upright deciduous shrub that typically grows 6-10’ tall and 5-8’ wide. It also may be trained as a small tree. It is most noted for its reddish purple foliage that retains good color throughout the summer. Ovate-elliptical leaves with serrate margins are a distinctive and attractive reddish purple. Fragrant, solitary, white flowers with pink tints bloom in spring after the foliage emerges. Flowers give way to an often meager production of small blackish-purple fruits that mature in July. Fruits are eaten by birds.
|Mature Height:||6 to 8 feet|
|Mature Width:||4 to 6 feet|
|Classification:||Broad Leaved deciduous shrub|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun to part sun|
|Habit:||Upright, densely branched|
|Flower Color:||White fragrant flowers in spring to early summer|
|Foliage:||reddish purple turning yellow in the fall|
|Pruning Season:||Late Winter to Early spring, promotes increased branching and more flowers.|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established.|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting, or a specimen planting. Provides nectar sources for pollinators.|
How to Care for Purple Leaf Sand Cherry Shrubs
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Purple Leaf Sand Cherry plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Purple Leaf Sand Cherry to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.