Purpleleaf sandcherry (Prunus x cistena)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Purpleleaf sandcherry
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Purpleleaf sandcherry (Prunus x cistena)
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 3a
Mature Height Mature Height
6 to 8 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
5 to 7 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Faster
Sun Sun
Full Sun
Moisture Moisture
Drought tolerant (also tolerant to moist soil, well-drained)
Fall Color Fall Color
Dull
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Yes
Flower Flower
Ornamental
Fruit Fruit
Insignificant
Evergreen Evergreen
No
Native to WI Native to WI
No
Additional Information Additional Information
hybrid; twiggy, upright to rounded, leggy shrub; 6-8’ tall; 5-7’ wide; moderate to fast grower; reddish-purple leaves throughout season; purplish-gray twigs; fragrant, pinkish-white flowers in mid spring; full sun; adaptable to most soils and pH; intolerant to poorly drained, compacted soil; drought tolerant; intolerant to road salt; very susceptible to a number of insects, diseases, and rabbit and vole injury at base of plant; short lived; do not shear; hardy to zone 3a

UW Extension
For more information, see the UW Extension Urban Horticulture Team Web site: www.uwex.edu/ces/wihort
Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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