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Purple Leaf Sand Cherry (Prunus x cistena)
Picture of a purple leaf sand cherry
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  • Latin Name: Prunus x cistena
  • Other Common Names: Purpleleaf sandcherry, purple leaf sandcherry, purpleleaf sand cherry
  • Native to: This is a cross of two plants. The sandcherry is from the northeastern United States and the purple leaf plum is from Western Asia and Europe
  • USDA Zones: 2 - 8
  • Height: 7 - 10' tall

Growing profile for purple leaf sand cherry

The purple leaf sand cherry is a cross between the purple leaf plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea') and the sandcherry (Prunus pumila)

This is a great option for gardeners who want to bring birds to their yard. You may be able to see cardinals and robins, for example. It's also a favorite of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) unfortunately.

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