Purple Leaf Sand Cherry tree. Pink flowers, burgundy red leaves, beautiful color pattern for spring background.

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Purple Leaf Sand Cherry tree. Pink flowers, burgundy red leaves, beautiful color pattern for spring background.

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Also known as western sand cherry or Bessey cherry, sand cherry (Prunus pumila) is a bushy shrub or small tree that thrives in difficult sites such as sandy river or lake shores, as well as rocky slopes and cliffs. The small, purple-black fruits, which mature in mid-summer after the white springtime flowers have faded, are highly prized by birds and wildlife. It is also one of the parent plants to the hybrid purple-leaf sand cherry. Propagating a sand cherry plant isn’t a difficult task, and there are several effective ways to propagate sand cherry trees. Read on to learn how to propagate a sand cherry for your garden. Growing Sand Cherry from Cuttings Take softwood cuttings from a healthy sand cherry plant in early spring. Cut 4- to 6-inch (10-14 cm.) stems, making each cut just below a leaf node. Remove

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