Diseases & Bugs of Flowering Purple Sand Cherry Trees

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Flowering purple sand cherry trees (prunus x cistena) are deciduous shrubs or small trees belonging to the rose family (Rosaceae). Winter hardy in USDA zones 2 to 8, this cherry tree has low vigor and is highly susceptible to plant diseases and bug infestations.

Diseases

  • Flowering purple sand cherry trees are highly susceptible to powdery mildew, verticillium wilt and fire blight diseases.

Effects

  • Verticillium wilt causes the leaves to yellow, wilt and die, while fire blight turns the cherry blossoms black or brown in color. Powdery mildew causes a grayish-white coating to form on the leaves.

Pests

  • The flowering purple sand cherry tree frequently attracts Japanese beetles, aphids and caterpillars. Spider mites and scale occasionally attack these trees.

Results

  • These pests do significant damage to the red-purple foliage, cherry blossoms and the inedible, purple fruit.

Significance

  • The flowering purple sand cherry tree typically has a short life span because of its susceptibility to diseases and bug problems. Many of these trees decline after only 10 years.

Uses

  • Flowering purple sand cherry trees are often planted as screens, hedges and borders. The red-purple foliage makes this cherry cultivar an attractive foundation or accent tree.

References

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