Prunus X Cistena Hedging

Prunus x cistena Hedging Plants & Shrubs (Purple Leaf Sand Cherry)

Prunus x cistena is better known as the Purple Leaf Sand Cherry, a glorious, small ornamental variety of Plum with rich burgundy purple ovate leaves that move and sway in the breeze, borne on upright stems. This is a deciduous shrub, and the leaves turn to bronzy hues by Autumn before falling.

Just as the leaves begin to emerge in Spring, the stems are smothered with delightful pink tinged single flowers, each with a purple centre. The early season flowers are a useful food source for pollinators and will develop into small (and edible), dark purple-black cherry plums by July that are almost inconspicuous against the dark foliage.

Our plants are sturdy and 3 years old, well established in large 3 litre pots. They will provide masses of tiny saucer shaped flowers right from the very first spring after planting and will go on to provide superb colour and interest in your garden for many years to come.

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Potted Hedging

We deliver these plants to you in the pots they are grown in, because there is no root disturbance they can delivered and planted all year round with excellent results.

Prunus X Cistena Potted Hedging 16/24in 40/60cm

  • in 3 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 3
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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This first-class shrub has received the coveted Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the RHS and is one of our favourites here on the nursery when they flower each Spring.  Prunus x Cistena makes a great feature plant in containers or borders, slowly growing to about 1.5m high and wide. It has a dense bushy habit and will make a delightful small hedge with the benefits of both spring flowers and colourful all-season burgundy-red foliage. As a hedge it can easily be maintained between 1 and 1.5 metres high. The plants have a moderate growth rate of 20-30cm per year, sometimes a little faster when the plants are young.

Prunus x cistena is a hardy and tough plant that is also drought resistant when established.


Prunus x cistena plants from Hopes grove Nurseries are always sold as sturdy potted specimens, suitable for planting at any time of year. We recommend adding Rootgrow when planting and keeping the plants well watered while they establish in their first season.

Purple Leaf Sand Cherry needs little maintenance shrubs and hedges should, like all plums, be pruned or trimmed as required in the hot weather of mid summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf disease.

A mulch in early spring will reduce weeds and help conserve water during hot weather.

Delivery is free for most orders above our free delivery thresholds, these are displayed above our prices in the product listings and summarized below. If you don’t need that many plants it’s not a problem, you can choose to pay our delivery charge and only order what you need.

Delivery is convenient – no signature is required so you don’t need to wait in, we will leave your parcel in the safe place that you nominate.

Delivery is fast – because we pick orders daily from our own growing beds your plants only travel the small hop to our packing shed before being sent to you, they are usually delivered within 3-7 days.

Delivery is reliable
– we have been selling and delivering Hedging Plants to our customers nationwide since 1992. We have a lot of experience in packing them safely and only use tried and tested delivery partners.

Smaller Plants (Parcel Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUp to £90£15.00
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £90Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll orders£24.00

Heavy Plants (Pallet Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUp to £420£72.00
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £420Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll orders£72.00

Tall Plants 2.5m+ (Specialist Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUnder £1800Please call us
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £1800Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll ordersNot available

Exceptions to our delivery charges are Scottish Highland and Isle of Wight delivery areas where we need to charge a little extra to cover the cost of deliveries to these outlying areas. We don’t currently delivery to other offshore addresses including Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

Tall plants over 2.5 metres have to be delivered by our own specialised transport, our delivery area is limited to mainland England and Wales only.

Please note there is a minimum order value of £50 for orders containing smaller plants and £250 for orders containing heavier plants

Complete delivery information can be viewed on our Delivery Information page

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