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Western Chokecherry vs Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Prunus x cistena

ONLY AVAILABLE BY CONTRACT GROW

Western Chokecherry
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Western Chokecherry is a shrub or small tree commonly used for farmstead and field windbreaks.

It produces white flowers in the spring and edible dark purple fruit that matures between September and October. Its cherries are great for making for making jams, jellies or wine, but are not very palatable for raw eating.

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 CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

PURPLE LEAF SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $5.99
Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: reddish-purple
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: edible, astringent, red-purple
Flowers: pinkish
Bark: dark red to purple
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: low



Toxicity: toxic to horses, cattle, etc.)

Toxicity: the leaves and seed are slightly toxic

Other Names: bitter-berry, chokecherry, common chokecherry, virginia bird berry
Other Names: purpleleaf sandcherry