Great Lakes Sand Cherry

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The Great Lakes Sand Cherry bush (Prunus pumila var. pumila) is a hardy U.S. native and a dynamic, beneficial, and energetic shrub with a wide variety of uses! These create quite the spectacle of highly fragrant clusters of white flowers that bust out all along the branches in spring.

Both an attractive and productive shrub, the flowers and Pollinators smother the shrub, it decks itself out with glossy green oval leaves and their silvery sheen. Late summer brings dark cherries that are edible for you and your local wildlife! Rich and pleasantly acidic in flavor, these make fantastic jams, baked goods, and more!

Great Lakes Sand Cherry bushes are rounded shrubs throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 6, reaching 5-6 feet in height but can be pruned smaller. It offers delight season after season! The berries ripen in the late summer to fall and thats when the birds find your garden! When fall arrives, the foliage blushes to a rich, vibrant ruby red!

Planting and Application:

Great Lakes Sand Cherry is beautiful as a low-growing feature in your native planting garden or as an attractive Xeriscape addition and are a great choice for tougher locations like hell strips and hard-to-mow hillsides and eroding slopes.

For a bold and impactful mass planting, use these lovely plants to create a sea of ever-changing interest! Your wildlife and birds adore these shrubs for their cover and food, and pollinators adore the masses of blooms. Plant rows and groupings as shelter and borders of the more wild places around your property!

Sand Cherry Shrubs are small enough to fit into just about any landscape and they can be maintained by pruning very easily. These small flowering shrubs are very adaptable to various soil types and climates. Let them grow to their full mature size and use these fruiting deciduous shrubs as backdrops, edible landscaping hedges, and bird-friendly hedgerows! Mix in some Aronia and Blueberry Bushes for tons of delicious fruit and incredible fall color!

  • Fragrant Cherry-Like Blossoms
  • Lovely Little Green Foliage
  • Edible Dark Cherry Fruit Are Rich & Pleasantly Flavored
  • Dramatic Fall Color
  • Gorgeous Backdrops, Specimens, Butterflies & Focal Points


PlantTips for Care:

Plant these fruiting shrubs in full sun for the most flowers and fruit. Sand Cherry bushes are perfect Xeriscaping shrubs, highly drought-tolerant once established. Plant in quick-draining soil for best performance and add a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch to protect the root system and hold in moisture more consistently. Prune after blooming or renewal prune every 3-5 years to keep the branching vigorous and remove older branches that are less productive.

  • Full Sun & Low Maintenance
  • Drought-Tolerant Once Established
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Highly Adaptable & Versatile
  • Prune After Blooming

The Great Lakes Sand Cherry is a hardy native that features four seasons of beauty and edible fruit for your landscape! Order your own today at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Great Lakes Sand Cherry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2 - 8
Growing Zones 2 - 8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus pumila var. pumila
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 6 Feet
Mature Spread 2 - 6 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes