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Prunus × cistena AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Spring

Foliage

Purple and Red in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

purple-leaf sand cherry

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

P. × cistena is an upright, bushy, medium-sized deciduous shrub with small, pinkish-white flowers. Leaves red-purple, deepening in the summer and brighter in autumn

Synonym(s)

  • Prunus × cistena 'Crimson Dwarf'
  • Prunus × cistena 'Purpurea'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Easy to grow in any moist but well-drained moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Superb hedging shrub

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Chalk, Loam, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. In areas where silver leaf is prevalent pruning may be done in mid-summer

Pests

May get caterpillars, leaf-mining moths and bullfinches

Diseases

May be affected by silver leaf and blossom wilt