Purpleleaf Sand Cherry
Prunus x cistena
- Fragrant White and Pink Flowers
- Attractive Reddish-Purple Leaves
- Purple-Black Wildlife Fruit
- Short Ornamental Tree Growing 7' to 10' High
- Zones 3 to 7
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Zones 3 - 7
The Purpleleaf Sand Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Purpleleaf Sand Cherry falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
7' - 10' High
The Purpleleaf Sand Cherry grows to be 7' - 10' feet in height.
5' - 7' Spread
The Purpleleaf Sand Cherry has a spread of about 5' - 7' at full maturity.
Medium to Fast Growth
This tree grows at a medium to fast growth rate. [More about this.]
This cherry does well in full sun, partial shade.
The Purpleleaf Sand Cherry grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
This cherry has rounded shape.
This is a very hardy flowering landscape specimen with reddish-purple foliage all summer. It is an excellent contrast tree that can also be used as a deciduous hedge. It can be planted close to paved surfaces and near utility lines and is winter hardy.
The Purpleleaf Sandcherry is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including robins, cardinals, and coyotes. Birds nest in its branches.
A cross between Prunus pumila and Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea' developed by Dr. N. E. Hanson of South Dakota State University in 1910. The parents of this hybrid are native to Western Asia and Caucasia (P. cerasifera) and the northeastern United States (P. pumila). Prunus is the Latin name for plum, and cistena comes from the Sioux word for baby. The fruit is used for making jams, jellies, and pie.
This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.
Simple, alternate,intense reddish-purple color all summer.
Fragrant light pink to white flowers.
Late April to early May..
Small, sour, black-purple in color, and sparse in quantity.
Valued for its reddish-purple foliage, fragrant white and pink spring flowers. Tolerates many soils, requires full sun to light shade to maintain foliage color. The purple-black fruit is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including robins, cardinals, and coyotes. Birds often nest in its branches. Grows 7' to 10' with smaller spread. (zones 3-7)
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