Prunus x cistena (Purpleleaf Sand Cherry)

Prunus x cistena (purpleleaf sand cherry) #1

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Family: Rosaceae

Provenance: Collected in Lowell, MA from a Craigslist ad, 1 of 2 sand cherries and a large burning bush. Found growing in a large drain pipe used as a planter. Large downward taproots severed during removal, but many feeder roots maintained. Reduced from ~6′ to a 10″ stump.

Date Acquired: 4/1/2016

Approx. Age at Acquisition: ~5 years


-4/2016, Plant removed and reduced drastically to stump, bare-rooted and root pruned. Potted in wooden training box in 45% turface, 45% grit, 10% pine bark mulch.

-5/2016, Growing strongly with many new shoots all over. Large branch at base removed and sealed with wound paste; must be carved out later into a large uro. Stems cut back to new leaders.

-9/2016, Tree growing strongly.

-11/15/16, Limbs reduced to one or two nodes except for two new leaders which were left to grow out. Tree brought into back hall for winter storage.

-12/29/16, large central leader removed to leave single lefthand leader. Wounds sealed and sanded flush with dremel, may be carved further in spring. A few branches and new leader wired into position.

-5/3/17, Tree fertilized with slow release fertilizer. Airlayer method used to improve nebari. Trunk wound dusted with rooting hormone and potted in sphagnum moss.

-9/4/17, Tree grew strongly through summer. Air layer seems to have taken. Suckering shoots coming up from cut area.

-1/5/18, Tree grew strongly through fall. Hard pruning in November. Overwintering on porch. Stump must be repotted in fall and old roots removed, stump carved.


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