• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus sis-TEE-na
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Compact, Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleRustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Bred by horticulture and plant breeding professor, Dr. Mark Brand of the University of Connecticut's College of Agrriculture, Health and Natural Resaurces. Patented by UConn, and registered with USPTO as tradename Darkstar® by Monrovia. Darkstar is the result of a cross-pollination of P. pumilla var. depressa x P. pumila var. susquehanae (female seed parent) and P. cerasifera var. atropurpurea (male pollen parent). The selected cultivar demonstrated a more compact stature with dense branching that better fits into many of today's landscapes.