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Western Sand Cherry vs Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Prunus pumila var besseyi

Prunus x cistena

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Western Sand Cherry
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Western Sand Cherry is known for its unique, leathery grey-green foliage and beautiful white blossoms. It is a popular ornamental shrub in parks and front yards. Both you and the wildlife will love its edible small dark red to purple cherries.

Due to its small stature and spreading qualities, Western Sandcherry is suitable as an underplanting or groundcover.

Many people graft plum and cherry varieties to Western Sand Cherry and use it as rootstock. It is also popular to graft hardy apricots to.

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.

WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

PURPLE LEAF SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: any
Light: any
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: small purple cherries
Flowers: white
Flowers: pinkish
Bark: dark red to purple
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: low




Toxicity: the leaves and seed are slightly toxic

Other Names: purpleleaf sandcherry