'Pissardii' displays dark-purple leaves on blackish stems, against which the pale pink flowers that appear in spring are a beautiful contrast. The flowers often fade to white and can be followed by plum like ornamental fruits (not edible to humans) in the autumn, so extending the period of interest. The foliage also makes an excellent foil to other plants. With a rounded habit, the height and spread of this tree after 20 years is about 20' x 15', making it suitable for small gardens. It is a low maintenance tree, requiring little in the way of pruning and can tolerate a range of positions. It does well in a reasonably fertile soil in sun or partial shade, but it's best to avoid very wet conditions.