Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but best flowering and leaf color generally occur in full sun. Tolerates urban conditions. Good soil drainage is essential. Prune as needed after flowering. Propagate by rooted stem cuttings. Purple-leaf sand cherry is an upright deciduous shrub that typically grows 6-10′ tall and 5-8′ wide. It also may be trained as a small tree. It is most noted for its reddish purple foliage that retains good color throughout the summer. Ovate-elliptical leaves (to 2″ long) with serrate margins are a distinctive and attractive reddish purple. Fragrant, solitary, white flowers (1/2″ across) with pink tints bloom in spring (April) after the foliage emerges. Flowers give way to an often meager production of small blackish-purple fruits (to 3/4″) that mature in July. Fruits are eaten by birds. Zones 2 to 8.