Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate grower, 6 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Year-round Interest
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring flowers, summer fruit
Botanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus x sis-TEE-na
Plant type:Tree, Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate grower, 6 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Purple
Blooms:Spring flowers, summer fruit
Flower color:Pink
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Design 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.
Care Information
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, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
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.