Answer: Sand cherries are one of my favorite shrubs, largely because I like the purple color. I've had one for years and have not had any problems with disease, although powdery mildew and some leaf spots can affect them. Burning bush has a denser growth habit than a sand cherry but doesn't grow as tall. Burning bush is relatively disease-free but susceptible to aphids. Both of these plants like the sun, so make sure your site will provide at least 6 hours a day. Good luck.
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