Purple leaf Sandcherry - pests and disease prone?

dontknow(z6 - Upstate NY)May 3, 2007


Considering planting 4 of these in an area where a small hedge row is needed.

Any concerns with pests or diseases? In clay soil and full to part sun.

Trying to decide if to go with these or our staple "Amur Privet" - which thrive in our yard with no issues.

Any thoughts?

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philipw2(7 MD/DC)

I have exactly such a hedge. I cut it back to 2-3 feet every year or two after flowering. Mine is in a raised amended bed, partly shade. (We have clay soil and I just threw 6 inches of compost above it to raise the bed above the surrounding area, largely for aesthetic reasons.)

Have had it maybe 4-7 years. Not one moment's trouble. Nice foliage all summer, the flowers are an extra--nothing spectacular.

It isn't the neatest growing plant in the world: the branches aren't symmetrical or anything orderly. But it keeps people walking down the sidewalk from staring into our patio.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 12:30PM
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dontknow(z6 - Upstate NY)

Thank you. Comforting to hear.

Ironically enough - same purpose - to block people who are walking down the street from seeing us on our patio.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 2:06PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Success region-specific. Here it often fails, due to heavy spring dieback (from something like brown rot or bacterial canker, common on certain stone fruits). Specimens against warm walls and/or under overhangs may escape and remain attractive.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 2:58PM
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I have 3 of them on opposite sides of the property (Zone 5)-- 2 against the house facing the west and 1 fairly out in the open. They've only been in the ground for 2 seasons but so far, not a bit of trouble; very low maintenance and they leafed out earlier than most of my other flowering shrubs.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 6:00PM
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dontknow(z6 - Upstate NY)

Do they seem to withstand winds ok then?

    Bookmark   May 4, 2007 at 7:31AM
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Mine have. We got some pretty heavy winds this past season (in addition to lots of snow and ice--enough to uproot one my skyrocket junipers) and the one sandcherry I have out in the open with no shelter (just planted last fall) looks unscathed. It flowered nicely and is almost entirely leafed out. I think they're pretty tough plants.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2007 at 11:20AM
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dontknow(z6 - Upstate NY)

Well. I put three in. Let's see what happens.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 3:31PM
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    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 7:28AM
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Regarding Sandcherries' vunerability to Japanese Beetles (and other insect pests) ... put a dose of Bayer Tree & Shrub Systemic Insecticide on them once a year.

This will lighten the Japanese Beetle attack ... and make for overall healthier shrubs.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 5:30PM
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Here in MA, my sand cherry has been eaten the last 3 years by the winter moth caterpillar. I've picked at least 30 caterpillars off of it this week! It always seems to survive though. The winter moth is invading MA pretty hard recently, and the caterpillars mostly focus on trees. The sand cherry is the only shrub in my yard that these catepillars will eat.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 10:27AM
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I have one - which I had to move as the rabbits were nibbling it to death. I shifted it to the front garden where it has recovered - but has white/grey scale which I have had to try to brush off by hand (as its still la small plant.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2007 at 10:53AM
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storey3(NH- Zone 5)

I have one that's just a year old. It was loaded with flowers this spring. I agree the Japanese beetles do LOVE it. I used Bayer and it helped considerably.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2007 at 5:55PM
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I have a 12 yr old sand cherry tree and starting 3 years ago,half of the leaves die off when the flowers have finished blooming. I have to prune it severely because it looks so bad. Treating it with a fungicide last year didn't seem to help. Any ideas?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 7:16AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Purple Leaf Sandcherries only last 7 - 15 years so I don't know how much time I'd put into the 12yr old plant.

I'm speaking of zone 4 and 5. I'm shocked that my 13 year plant is still thriving, more than likely because its in a protected south east spot.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 7:54PM
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Had my sandcherry bushes in for at least 20 years, against an east facing wooden fence. I enjoy the color, but they must be replaced as the branches have become rotten (from past fungal infection?) and growth has become more open with much die back this year. New growth is occurring at the base of the bush on the old wood. Caterpillars do like the leaves. Thanks for all the helpful hints. I will replant with new ones and hopefully keep them a little more healthy with the suggestions.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 8:23AM
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