• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Spring flowers, followed by fruit in summer.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus sis-TEE-na
    Plant type:Tree, Shrub
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Spring flowers, followed by fruit in summer.
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleRustic
    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.
    Companion PlantsBlue Spruce (Picea pungens); Weigela (Weigela); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Spirea (Spiraea); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.


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