Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Tree Form

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For a fabulous, hardy accent, take a look at our special Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Tree (Prunus x cistena Tree Form). This colorful, easy-care accent tree really takes your landscape to the next level! This hybrid between a hardy native Sand Cherry bush and a Cherry Plum tree will knock your socks off with its beauty!

Our expert growers have trained the super popular medium-sized shrub-form Purpleleaf Sand Cherry into a dramatic single-stemmed 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! These tiny blooms look like pink clouds from afar. They provide an exquisite contrast against the dark purple twigs and new glossy red foliage! Every bee, butterfly, and beneficial insect in the area will seek out the rich nectar and pollen provided by this Rose-family flowering ornamental!

Give it center stage! This is a small tree that will stay rounded, trim, and petite. It makes an amazing accent all season long. You'll love the dramatic impact as the red new growth ages to shiny, deep, dark purple foliage all growing season long. This plant has a lot of purple going on!

You may not see the edible, dark purple-black fruits, but the local songbirds surely will! They'll snap them up as fast as they can!

Once fall rolls around, get ready for a fiery bronzy red fall display before the leaves drop to reveal the elegant branching that has a purple hue all winter long!

Because Purple-Leaf Sand Cherry grows in 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!

Planting and Application:

No matter where you place your Purpleleaf Sand Cherry, you'll gain an easy conversation piece. There will be plenty to talk about with its amazing flowers and reddish-purple foliage!

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. Pair it with its shrub form and other pink, purple, red, and burgundy flowering and foliage plants for a dramatic display!

Another great way to showcase the charm of Purpleleaf Sand Cherry trees is to use them 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 like Pink Muhly or Redhead Fountain Grass 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!

  • Dramatic Showy Accent - Special Small Tree Form!
  • Covered in Beautiful Pinkish Spring Blooms
  • Fragrant & Attracts Many Pollinators!
  • Reddish-Purple Foliage All Season Long
  • Tiny Edible Summer Fruit For Birds Galore!
  • Gorgeous Ornamental Accent, Specimen & Focal Point
  • Wonderful in Large Containers on the Patio

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Purpleleaf Sand Cherry thrives in full sun. The more sun, the better! Give it well-drained soil with lots of organic matter and Nature Hills Root Booster to set up the root system for life with symbiotic mycorrhizal fungal support from day one.

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 and avoid any roots suffocating from soggy soil.

Although drought tolerant once established in your garden, Purpleleaf Sand Cherry needs a bit of water during the driest periods to stay stress-free. Honestly, they prefer a regular schedule of moderate moisture to stay healthy and vigorous. You can top-dress the entire root system with 3-4 inches of arborist mulch to help your tree thrive with minimal supplemental moisture.

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 the coldest areas, move your dormant tree into a protected location where it can stay dormant. Provide in-ground trees grown in USDA growing zones 3 and 4 a very well-protected location from the brunt of the winter winds and chill and avoid planting them in low areas where icy air can pool.

In spring, enjoy those heavenly flowers! Then, you can lightly prune right afterward, if needed to shape. Remove any suckers growing from the base at any time and keep the lower trunk free of offshoots. In early spring, before you see new growth, get into the canopy and remove dead, damaged, or crossing branches to keep the interior open for air and sunlight penetration.

Air circulation is important for this tree, so give it "elbow room" and let it truly shine for you. Give Purpleleaf Sand Cherry plenty of room to grow into its full mature size. This will eliminate heavy pruning chores for you.

  • Full Sun For Best Color & The Most Flowers
  • Any Well-Drained Organic Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs & Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune Very Early Spring
  • Very Cold-Hardy & Easy To Grow!

You'll adore this petite tree, which stays small naturally in the landscape. They are super hardy and love the sun. Try the Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Tree-form from Nature Hills Nursery and add lasting color to your garden. Order yours today!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Tree Form Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus x cistena Tree Form
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White & Pink
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Purple
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes