Cistena Plum - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jhosterman
April 23, 2009
How to you care for and prune a Cistena Plum(Prunus x Cistena)?

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2009
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This thick-growing, long-lived shrub is called the Purple Leaf Sand Cherry. Sometimes called Purple leaf Plum although the actual purple leaf plum is a tree.  However, this can also be trained as a small tree if desired.

Produces bright red 3 inch leaves in spring and blushing, white flowers in May. In autumn it produces purple-black edible cherries and the foliage turns a magnificent reddish purple. This ornamental shrub is especially valued for its hardiness and unique coloring.

You can leave it unpruned and it will grow quite large or you can prune it back by one third to keep it neat and tidy. Wait until after it has finished flowering and then prune any way you wish. It is often pruned into a hedge with trimmers so it will take any kind of pruning.

It needs full sunshine and deep watering once each week during the growing season.

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