About the Purpleleaf
The Purple Leaf Sandcherry, Prunus cistena, is a
thick-growing, long-lived shrub that is sometimes
called the Purple Leaf Sand Cherry. It produces
bright red 3 inch leaves in spring and blushing,
white flowers in May. In autumn it produces
purple-black cherries and the foliage turns a
magnificent reddish purple.
This ornamental shrub is especially valued for
its hardiness and unique coloring. It is an asset to
the landscape and a standout specimen shrub. This
deciduous plant makes a wonderful hedge as well.
Grows 7-8 feet tall, depending on pruning. Plant 2-3
feet apart for a hedge and best planted in full sun.