Dwarf Red-Leaf Sand Cherry
Dwarf Red-Leaf Sand Cherry
Prunus x cistenaItem #6687 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8
Prized for its masses of light pink flowers and deep purple foliage. Small black fruit follows flowers. A beautiful accent plant either as a multi-branched or single trunk specimen. While there is seldom a large crop, the small, sour fruit may be used in preserves and pies. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower, 6 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus x sis-TEE-naDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower, 6 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:PurpleBlooms:Spring flowers, summer fruitFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasThis small version of the flowering Plum is excellent for tight spaces around condominiums, town houses or apartment patios. May be grown as a standard in the ground or in large ceramic pots. Grow as a front-yard foundation accent or fit into spaces between driveways. Evenly space standards against a fence line separated by green hedges for a neat, semiformal effect. Use four matched specimens to create a formal parterre or to emphasize geometry of water features, walkways or living spaces.Companion PlantsBlue Spruce (Picea pungens); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
- CareCare InformationEasy to grow in a wide range of soil types. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This unique plant is rooted in a North American native species, Prunus pumila, with a groundcover-like habit.. It is Native to the eastern states from New York to Illinois and Wisconsin, and was introduced into cultivation in 1864. This hybrid was produced by crossing P. pumila with the well known tree, P. pissardi, which contributed both size and its purple coloring to the new upright growing shrub. The latter was imported into France by M. Pissard gardener to the Shah of Iran and is connected to the Prunus ceracifera clan. P. x cistena was developed in South Dakota shortly before 1910.