Purple Leaf Sand Cherry
Prunus x cistena 'UCONNPC001' Plant Patent #29,575
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.
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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.