- Dramatic Showy Accent
- Special Small Tree Form
- Covered in Beautiful Spring Blooms
- Red and Purple Foliage All Season Long
- Wonderful in Large Containers on the Patio
For a fabulous, hardy accent, take a look at our special Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Tree (Prunus x cistena). This colorful, easy care accent tree really takes your landscape to the next level.
Our expert growers have trained the super popular Purpleleaf Sand Cherry medium-sized shrub into a single stem, tree form plant. It’s one of the sexiest small trees available on the market!
In early spring, it’s absolutely covered in elegant white flowers with pink centers. They provide an exquisite contrast against the dark purple twigs and new glossy red foliage.
Give it center stage! You’ll love the dramatic impact as the red new growth ages to a shiny, deep, dark purple foliage all growing season long.
This plant has a lot of purple going on! You may not see the dark purple-black fruits, but the local songbirds surely will. They’ll snap them up as fast as they can.
This is a small tree that will stay rounded, trim and petite. It makes an amazing accent all season long.
Because Sand Cherry grows up into Canada, this will work for any landscape over a wide range of states. Even homeowners in Zone 3 can enjoy this pretty tree with its knockout reddish purple coloring in their gardens year after year. Not many accent trees can say that!
How to Use Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Tree Form in the Landscape
This is a wonderful patio tree for a sunny courtyard. Try placing several of them in a curved line on the patio in large containers. Or plant them in a garden bed to frame your seating area. You’ll gain an easy, high-end look without a lot of ongoing effort.
Plant one on either side of your front door to highlight a front entrance. It makes a gracious welcome for your guests.
No matter where you place it, you’ll gain an easy conversation piece. There will be plenty to talk about with its amazing flowers and reddish purple foliage.
Another great way to showcase the charm of Purpleleaf Sand Cherry trees is to use it in small groupings and mixed borders. You’ll make any plant “pop” against the dark leaf color.
Plan your border around this centerpiece, and partner with spring bulbs, Daylilies, Russian Sage, Coneflower, Asters and Ornamental Grasses for a great look all year.
This tree even shines in winter with its rounded silhouette. You’ll want to be sure to place one where you can see it from a window inside your home. Don’t miss a single minute of the welcome springtime show!
Tips for Care
Purpleleaf Sand Cherry thrives in full sun. The more sun, the better!
Give it well-drained soil. If you see puddles after a rain, try an old farmer’s trick. Add 18 – 24 inches of dirt above your native soil line. You’ll plant directly into that mound.
Although drought tolerant once established in your garden, Purpleleaf Sand Cherry need a bit of water during the driest periods to stay stress free.
Honestly, they really prefer a regular schedule of moderate moisture to stay healthy and vigorous. Give them a thick layer of wood mulch over the root system to provide even more protection.
Of course, if you will be planting them in containers, be sure to give them a nice, even amount of moisture. Water them in late fall, all the way up until the dirt in the container freezes.
In spring, enjoy those heavenly flowers! Then, you can lightly prune right afterward, if needed to shape.
You’ll adore this petite tree, which stays small naturally in the landscape. They are super hardy and love the sun.