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Prunus x cistena

Purple sand cherry

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Jason Ingram, copyright GAP Photos (21541)

Plant details

Sometimes sold under the name 'Crimson Dwarf', this is a charming, slow-growing shrub that can be used for informal hedging within the garden, but deserves space as a specimen plant. Introduced from the US at the turn of the century, it is a hybrid between a sand cherry and a flowering plum, and shares the qualities of both. The foliage is a deep reddish purple, crimson when young with bright red shoot tips. The flowers complement this opulent colouring, the rich red stamens making the single white blooms appear soft shell pink. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Species: x cistena

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 150cm

Flowering period: April to June

Reader reviews

john hillier

hi all my prunus x cistenas leaves have turned green from purple and it has stopped flowering any advice as to why would be most appreciated.

kind regards

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