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Dwarf Red Leaf Sand Cherry

Prunus x cistena

Prized for its masses of light pink flowers and deep purple foliage. Small black fruit follows the flowers in summer. A beautiful accent plant as either a multi-branched or a single trunk specimen. While there is seldom a large crop, the small, sour fruit may be used in preserves and pies. Deciduous.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationPROO-nus sis-TEE-na
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring flowers, followed by fruit in summer.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Hedge, Specimen, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Poor Soils, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsBlue Spruce (Picea pungens); Weigela (Weigela); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Spirea (Spiraea); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)

Easy to grow in a wide range of soil types. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8

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