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Western Sand Cherry

Native Shrub Feeds People and Wildlife


Western Sand Cherry, Prunus besseyi, is a native American shrub which displays attractive, single, white flowers in May.


It then produces an abundance of 3/4" purple-black sweet fruit. They can be eaten fresh, dried, or processed as jellies and pies.


This hardy rounded shrub has silver-green foliage.  It matures to 6' with an equal spread.


Plant the shrub where it will be in direct sunlight for most or all of the day.


Well-drained soil is best, but isn't a requirement because sand cherry is very adaptable to any type of soil, including poor soil.


It makes a great shrub for farmstead windbreaks, patios, specimen plants and accents.


The cherries are relished by many birds and the shrub provides a nesting cover for a game and song birds.


This shrub can be used as a screen, hedge, or for a border.  Prune sand cherry every year in early spring.  Remove any dead or weak branches, and trim the tips of branches to maintain the desired shape and size.


*Profusion of White Flowers in May


*Purple Berries in Late Summer


*Native American Shrub

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Plant Facts

Family Prunus besseyi
Foliage Silver, Green
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 3-6
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Mature Form Round
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Flower Color White
Fall Color Purple

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