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Native Shrub With Sweet Fruit

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


PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Western Sand Cherry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-6
Growing Zones 3-6
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Prunus besseyi
Foliage Silver, Green
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple