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 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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus x sis-TEE-naDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:PurpleBlooms:Spring flowers, followed by fruit in summer.Flower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleRusticDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationEasy 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- 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.