Hardiness: USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring
Foliage: Grown for foliage Deciduous Burgundy Bronze-Green
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From herbaceous stem cuttings From woody stem cuttings
On Dec 29, 2011, marktrot1 from Flagstaff, AZ wrote:
Got these from the local home improvement store for cheap. They are planted in alkaline soil and get blasted by wind from late-March until May with very little moisture. But they seem to do well here in Flagstaff, AZ. They love our summer thunderstorms! I'm sure in a wetter climate they would grow thicker. However, we do average about 20" per year of moisture. They have not suckered in my soil.
On Mar 28, 2009, Victorine72 from Richmond, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
We acquired three seriously overgrown sand cherries when we bought our house. The previous owners had inexplicably placed them in the front and side foundation plantings. They receive less than a half day of sun due to the *13* large trees on our property. By the end of summer last year, the poor things were looking so scraggly, I considered removing them. However, since I was planning to canopy-up most of my trees in Jan, I decided to cut the sand cherries way back and see what happened come spring. As I was cutting, I noticed that many of the limbs seemed to be dead or diseased. I tried to cut back until I found healthy tissue. This resulted in shrubs which are now about 1/3 their original height. At the moment, they all seem to be leafing out well, but I have my doubts as to how they will do this season. Most of my research has indicated that they are often fatally susceptible to disease.
On Oct 18, 2007, mama_gray from Patchogue, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Mine was located in a small over-grown and weed-infested area at my home when I moved in last year. I've tended to the area by adding lots of compost, and continuous weeding. I wasn't sure if this was a 'valid' tree or not, but I liked the foliage so I trimmed it up a bit and figured I'd give it some time to see how it fares. It looks a lot better than last year, but since it was so neglected by the previous owner, there is a definite 'tilt' to it. I'm still hoping it will continue recovering with TLC. Maybe next year I'll see some blossoms. (Long Island, NY)
On Mar 5, 2006, Sashagirl from Davenport, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Planted 1quart pot 13 years ago in full sun. It's about 8 ft tall, with about 10 foot spread.
It's always had wonderful purple foliage, and full of blooms in the spring. No cherries that I've noted.
No pest problems, no special treatment. I would highly reccomend this speciman. Also note, very little suckering.
On May 6, 2004, KDePetrillo from North Scituate, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:
I bought a sand cherry about 5 years ago, aftering wanting one for many, many years. When I bought it (from a reputable nursery), it was about 5 feet tall and had a nice root system. It was dead by the end of the season. I don't know what I did wrong, and I was disgusted with the whole experience.
On May 5, 2004, wyldcelt from Colorado Springs, CO wrote:
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Grows very well here even with 3 years of drought and sporadic watering. My two plants are both 10 ft tall and 8 ft wide. Wonderful fragrance and color next to our deck. Only downside is regular pruning to keep them under control.
On Apr 27, 2004, jlynnnatali from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:
This plant has done very well in past 3 years of drought in Denver (Z5) with minimal watering and full sun (morning-early afternoon). Cheap buy at Home Depot. Great pink to white flowers in March-April and then another show in Fall as purple leaf color fades. But only one lone cherry to date.
Even though it is listed as sun to part shade, this tree does best in full sun in my neck of the woods. We saved it from a part shade garden and it is thriving in our sun garden. Easy to prune to keep at a smaller size.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Moores Mill, Alabama Flagstaff, Arizona Rondo, Arkansas Brighton, Colorado Colorado City, Colorado Denver, Colorado Wheat Ridge, Colorado Niceville, Florida Winterville, Georgia Payette, Idaho Chicago, Illinois (2 reports) Macomb, Illinois Sugar Grove, Illinois Woodridge, Illinois Saint John, Indiana Davenport, Iowa Olathe, Kansas Broeck Pointe, Kentucky Berwick, Maine Saugus, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan Fenton, Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan Kingsley, Michigan Tecumseh, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Bovey, Minnesota Lake Shore, Minnesota Purdy, Missouri Great Falls, Montana Kearney, Nebraska Nutley, New Jersey Ramblewood, New Jersey Buffalo, New York East Patchogue, New York Jefferson, New York New York, New York Tonawanda, New York Akron, Ohio Columbus, Ohio Delaware, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Huber Heights, Ohio (2 reports) Lancaster, Ohio Saint Martin, Ohio Hulbert, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Portland, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania Coatesville, Pennsylvania Lawnton, Pennsylvania Perkasie, Pennsylvania Coventry, Rhode Island Belton, Texas Fruit Heights, Utah Henrico, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Waverly, Virginia Benton City, Washington Ellsworth, Wisconsin Howard, Wisconsin Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin Owen, Wisconsin South Milwaukee, Wisconsin