Prunus x 'cistena'

Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Categories: Shrubs

Prized for its masses of light pink flowers and deep purple foliage. Small black fruit follows flowers. A beautiful accent plant either as a multi-branched or single trunk specimen. While there is seldom a large crop, the small, sour fruit may be used in preserves and pies. Deciduous.

More About Prunus x 'cistena'

  • excellent purple foliage
  • tolerates poor, sandy soils

Prunnus x cistena is a hybrid cross between P.pumila and P.cerasifera Atropurpurea. It is a deciduous shrub growing from 7 to 10 feet in height, with a lesser spread. The foliage is an intense red-purple and keeps its color over the summer.

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5-9 ft


2-5 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Prunus x 'cistena' Characteristics


  • Hedging
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Mass Plant
  • Unique Foliage/Foliage Color

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry

Flower Color

  • White
  • Light Pink


  • Spreading
  • Irregular