- 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
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.