Shrub Caring and Planting Information
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry Shrub (Prunus Cistena)
All of our bare-root trees are shipped to you via the United States Priority Mail. The roots of all the trees will be wrapped in damp shredded paper to insure freshness. The trees are then placed in a plastic tube within a cardboard strong box for shipping. The tops of some trees have been intentionally cut back to encourage branching and to help the tree survive the transplant. All bare-root trees will need planted as quickly as possible. Even if it is still cold outside, plant your tree shortly after it arrives and water thoroughly and frequently. Dig a hole approximately twice the size of the tree's root. Fill the bottom half of the hole with topsoil and plant the tree in the top half with the base of the tree at the soil line or just below. Fill in the rest of the hole with topsoil and slightly tamp the soil around the tree. Mulch your tree with 2" of shredded hardwood bark to insulate the roots and prevent water from evaporating around the tree. Your newly transplanted tree will need a lot of care the first year. It is not uncommon for a newly planted tree to die back a little or even loose its first set of leaves the first year. Do not fertilize your tree the first year, but do give it plenty of water. Once your tree is established (after the first year), it will require little care.
The Purple Leaf Sand Cherry is a gorgeous shrub that will produce a small white flower in the early spring followed by dark reddish / purple leaves. The colorful leaves are accented even greater against the dark black bark of this ornamental shrub. This shrub is relatively fast growing and can reach a mature height of 5’ to 8’ and a width of 6’. The height and width can easily be controlled with frequent pruning. Pruning can be done 12 months a year. This shrub prefers acidic soil and thrives in hot climates. Performs best in partial to full sun. Mulch to keep moist and cool. This deciduous shrub requires very low maintenance and is hardy between zones 4-8.
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