Purple-Leaf Sand Cherry
$8.00 – $15.00
Purple-Leaf Sand Cherry first produces purple leaves in the spring, then it blooms with fragrant, 1/2-inch-wide white flowers tinged with pink. It later produces scattered purplish-black, 3/4-inch-wide fruits that are used to make jellies, jams and pies and are much loved by birds.
About Purple-Leaf Sand Cherry
Purple-Leaf Sand Cherry first produces purple leaves in the spring, then it blooms with fragrant, 1/2-inch-wide white flowers tinged with pink. It later produces scattered purplish-black, 3/4-inch-wide fruits that are used to make jellies, jams and pies and are much loved by birds. The flavor is said to be sweeter than a Sour/Pie Cherry but not as sweet as a Sweet Cherry. The slow-growing Purple-Leaf Sand Cherry requires little maintenance. It has a rounded shape with purple-red foliage that turns bronze in the autumn.
In 1910, Dr. N. E. Hansen of South Dakota State University successfully crossed the cherry (or Mirabella) plum (P. cerasifera ‘Atropurpurea’), native to eastern european and western Asia, and the native American western sand cherry (P. pumila). To give his plum-cherry hybrid a botanical name, Hansen combined prunus with cistena, the Sioux word for baby. In answer to the question of whether P. cistena is a plum or a cherry, it is a hybrid, half and half.
This plant can be short lived unless you prune it back to the main rootstock every 4-5 years. This pruning stimulates new stems which then makes the plant fruit again. Older stems will fade after 5-10 years.
Latin Name: Prunus x cistena
Type: Cutting grown
Also Known As: Cistena Plum, Cherry Plum
Light: 1/2 day to Full sun
Pollination: Self-fertile, may produce larger crops with a pollinator
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 6-10 ft.
Bloom Time: Mid-Late spring
Harvest Time: Fall
Rootstock: Own roots
Forest Garden Use: Shrub Layer, Hedging
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A guide to choosing the right size
1 Quart = Available for immediate dispatch. Plants are between 3in-36in in height. They are like small plug plants with deep (5in) roots that will get established very quickly.
Bareroot = Field grown plants that have been freshly lifted and supplied with no soil around the roots. Only available during the dormant period November-April.
1 Gallon & larger = Container grown or bare root plants (planted in containers while dormant) and can be planted all year round. Nursery standard container size (also called #1). The size refers to the amount of soil that the container holds which is slightly less than 1 gallon. Please note that at the moment we do not ship gallon and larger plants.