The beauty of a Purpleleaf Sand Cherry begins as it bursts into bloom in late spring. The small pale pink flowers are very fragrant, with a honey-like smell. My last UPS driver stopped every day as he passed just to inhale that scent. Poor guy, his wife wouldn’t let him have one. She thought he had too many plants already. I was happy to share mine with him Monday through Friday during the blooming.
The Purple Leaf Sand Cherry isn’t picky about soil or climate.
Once established, they are quite drought tolerant. For best foliage color you will want to provide at least part sun exposure. In quite a bit of shade the leaves will only be purple early in the season. After the shade trees fill out, the foliage will turn a strange yet wonderful green-black tone. The shrub will also be more wispy and open in the lower light. Not at all unattractive, just not the look you may have been expecting.
The easy keeper shrub that is easy on the eyes.
There are a lot of uses for Sand Cherries in the landscape. They can be left somewhat natural and softly shaped with a soft clipping or sheared for a more formal appearance. The cute little shrub you start out with will rapidly grow quite large. Be sure to plant it where it can grow to full stature. Mature well-maintained Sand Cherry makes a very striking patio tree with all foliage stems removed at least half way up.
The rich, dark foliage makes Purple Leaf Sand Cherry a lot of fun.
You can achieve a lot of beautiful plant combinations with this deciduous shrub. Pink and blue flowering perennials will have more intensity planted in front of the plum leaves. Gold and silver leaved shrubs will have added impact and drama when grouped around the larger Sand Cherry. When grown in the shade, large golden hostas are fabulous planted to skirt the silvered bark and unusual blackened green leaves.
When selecting a Purple Leaf Sand Cherry to buy, choose the best root system.
Brighter Blooms guarantees that every plant we send you will have well-developed roots. We want you to be able to pull that plant out of the pot, plant it and sit back and enjoy the beauty. With a Sand Cherry, a good root system will readily supply you with a shrub that will grow and fill more evenly without a lot of fuss.