Polymorphous adenocarcinoma (PAC) and cribriform adenocarcinoma of (minor) salivary gland (CASG) are salivary gland tumors with overlapping spectrum of morphology. Whether these represent distinct entities or a histologic spectrum of the same tumor remains contentious. PACs harbor recurrent PRKD1 E710D hotspot mutations in >70% of cases, whereas 80% of CASGs display rearrangements involving PRKD1, PRKD2, or PRKD3 (PRKD1/2/3). We studied the molecular and morphologic features of 37 PACs/CASGs, seeking to identify the associations among genotype, histologic phenotype, and classification. DNA was subjected to Sanger sequencing analysis of the PRKD1 hotspot locus. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis for PRKD1/2/3 was performed using dual-color break-apart probes. Tumors were classified into four categories as described previously: PAC, CASG, tumor with indeterminate features (TIF), and tumor with a predominant papillary pattern (TPPP). PRKD1 E710D hotspot mutations were identified in 56%, 20%, 43% and 0% of PACs, CASGs, TIFs, and TPPPs, respectively. FISH demonstrated PRKD1/2/3 rearrangements in 13%, 78%, 36%, and 75% of PACs, CASGs, TIFs, and TPPPs, respectively. Histologically, fusion-positive tumors were associated with a high percentage of papillary growth, low percentage of single filing arrangement, a propensity of base of tongue location, and frequent (50%) lymph node metastasis, compared with the mutation-related tumors which had negligible nodal metastasis risk. Our results demonstrated that (1) PACs/CASGs are underpinned by genetic alterations affecting PRKD genes; (2) despite the associations between PAC and PRKD1 hotspot mutations and CASG and PRKD1/2/3 fusion, such distinction is not absolute; and (3) there is of a novel genotypic-phenotypic association whereby fusion-positive tumors are usually located in the base of the tongue, show papillary architecture and have a high risk of nodal metastasis. Genetic analysis of PRKD genes appears to be useful characterizing this spectrum of tumors, not only histologically but also clinically identifying those tumors with high risk of nodal metastasis.