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River Alder vs Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Alnus incana

Prunus x cistena

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River Alder
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

River Alder is a large shrub or small tree with a multi-stemmed, spreading habit. It is an excellent tree to plant if you want to stabilize the soil near rivers and creeks.

Unlike the other alder varieties, River Alder is attractive enough to be included in riverside plantings by municipal and provincial park organizations.

Purple Leaf Sand Cherry provides bright reddish-purple leaves that turn bronze-green in the fall. In the spring, tiny flowers with a pinkish white hue bloom. The flowers are small, but the impact comes from the shrub blossoming all at once.

The Purple leaf sand cherry can be susceptible to pests and diseases in more humid areas; a typical life span is approximately 15 years. Not suitable for a privacy hedge on its own but is often alternated with lilacs. Often used as an accent plant that attracts birds and bees.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

PURPLE LEAF SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: dark red
Flowers: produces single pinkish flowers
Bark: smooth dark red to purple bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high




Toxicity: the leaves and seed contain small amounts of hydrogen cyanide but are seldom consumed in any quantity

Other Names: purpleleaf sandcherry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no