Pawnee Buttes® Western Sand Cherry Bush

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This western U.S. native is an exemplary model of a dynamic, beneficial, and energetic shrub with a wide variety of uses. The Pawnee Buttes® Western Sand Cherry (Prunus besseyi 'Pawnee Buttes') is both attractive and productive with dark cherries that are edible for you and your local wildlife!

The Pawnee Buttes® Western Sand Cherry creates quite the spectacle of highly fragrant clusters of white flowers that bust out all along the branches in spring. These drifts of sparkling blossoms are valuable nectar and pollen-rich resources for pollinators and beneficial insects! As for summer, you will appreciate this shrub's even green ovate leaves with a hint of silver sheen and gloss. And when fall arrives, your Pawnee Buttes® Western Sand Cherry will blush to a rich, vibrant ruby-red!

The Pawnee Buttes® Western Sand Cherry spreads far and wide but keeps a joyous and celebratory form. This low-growing shrub offers delight season after season. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8, this 18-inch high shrub can spread 4-6 feet for wide coverage!

Planting and Application:

While the Pawnee Buttes® Western Sand Cherry rarely gets above knee height, it spreads quite well. Named for the nutrient-starved, yet picturesque Pawnee Buttes® trail in Colorado, this makes it a fantastic native edible groundcover!

As a native Western Sand Cherry, you can also use this beauty as a low-growing feature in your native planting garden or as an attractive Xeriscape addition. In fact, this is a great choice for those hard-to-plant areas of the yard with drier soil. Along sidewalks, driveways, the hell strip along the road, and any location with poor soil, sun-parched, baked ground suit these shrubs just fine!

For a bold and impactful mass planting, use these lovely plants to create a sea of ever-changing interest. Most gardeners use their Pawnee Buttes® like the Gro-Low Sumac, but with edible fruit and wonderful fall color! The fruit and dense branching become prime bird and wildlife shelter and food sources!

  • Prolific Clusters of White Flowers
  • Pollinator & Bird-Friendly
  • Low Growing, Spreading Form
  • Native Western Sand Cherry
  • Xeriscape Beauty, Low Hedges, Erosion Control & Wildlife

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant your Sand Cherry in full sun and quick-draining soil for best performance. As a Xeriscape favorite, the Pawnee Buttes® Western Sand Cherry is highly adaptable and also takes to pruning well after blooming. Give it well-drained soil with lots of organic matter and Nature Hills Root Booster to set up the root system for life with symbiotic mycorrhizal fungal support from day one.

Provide new plants with regular water throughout their first year, but once established, these native cultivars become drought-tolerant! You can top-dress the entire root system with 3-4 inches of arborist mulch to help your tree thrive with minimal supplemental moisture. Prune in the spring after the flush of flowers, but to enjoy both flowers and fruit, renewal prune in spring to remove the oldest, fattest branches and let younger, more vigorous stems take their place.

  • Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Poor to Average Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs - Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune/Renewal Prune In Spring
  • Drought-Tolerant Deciduous Shrub

Don't pass up your opportunity for a unique, rare, and striking shrub that will provide your yard with endless interest. Prepare your garden, the Pawnee Buttes® Western Sand Cherry is ready to make your yard their home!

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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Pawnee Buttes® Western Sand Cherry Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus besseyi 'Pawnee Buttes'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 18 inches
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Orange, Red, Burgundy / Purple, Pink
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes