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Prunus pumila v. besseyi (Sand Cherry)

Prunus pumila v. besseyi
Western Sandcherry, Sand Cherry

This attractive, deciduous shrub grows quickly to 4-5 feet tall and wide at maturity. Before it leafs out in the spring, it perfumes the air with fragrant white flowers. By July the fruit has developed into edible black cherries about a ½ inch in diameter that attract birds and other wildlife. The glossy green leaves are about 2 inches long and ½ inch wide. In the fall they turn a lovely orange-red color. New growth on the pliable stems is a rich shade of red. Western Sand Cherry performs well in most soils. At lower elevations, plants should receive periodic deep irrigations to reduce stress during the summer months. It is quite tolerant of drought, heat and cold in its natural distribution from New Mexico to the Dakotas.

Plant Type Native, Shrub
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 4 (-30° F)
Flower Color White
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Rate Fast
Height 5 (ft)
Spread 5 (ft)
Spacing 3' - 5' (ft)
Characteristics Fruit & Berries, Great Foliage, Showy
Attracts Bees, Birds, Pollinators, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Tolerance Cold, Drought, Heat
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
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Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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