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Purple Leaf Sand Cherry vs Mongolian Cherry

Prunus x cistena

Prunus fruticosa

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Purple Leaf Sand Cherry
Mongolian Cherry

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.

Mongolian Cherry is a hardy shrub that is often grown as an ornamental. This plant makes an attractive flowering hedgerow that requires little maintenance. The dark red cherries are tart and desirable for baking, wine-making, and canning. This shrub is popular with wildlife.

PURPLE LEAF SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

MONGOLIAN CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Flowers: produces single pinkish flowers
Flowers: clusters of white flowers
Bark: smooth dark red to purple bark
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high
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
Other Names: dwarf cherry, european dwarf cherry, steppe cherry


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