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 spreads far and wide but keeps a joyous and celebratory form. This low-growing shrub offers delight season after season. 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.
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 and vibrant ruby red.
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 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.
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.
As a xeriscape favorite, the Pawnee Buttes Western Sand Cherry is highly drought-tolerant once established. It also takes pruning well after blooming. Plant yours in full-sun and quick-draining soil for best performance.
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 its home.
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Prunus besseyi 'Pawnee Buttes'|
|Mature Height||15 - 18 inches|
|Mature Spread||4 - 6 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Fall Color||Orange, Red, Burgundy / Purple, Pink|
|Pruning Time||After Flowering|