Sand Cherry Prunus besseyi





Western Sand Cherry, prunus besseyi, displays attractive, single, white flowers in May that are followed by an abundance of edible 3/4" purple-black sweet fruits that are used for pies and preserves. Cherries may be sour with bitter skins. They become somewhat sweet when the fruit slips easily from the stems. This is a pretty little bush in the spring. This hardy rounded shrub has silver-green foliage and prefers a well-drained site. Sandcherry is fairly drought tolerant but prefers loamy type soils. It grows 5-6 feet in height and width, forming a rounded shape, and is a great shrub for farmstead windbreaks. Fruits are relished by many songbirds and is a nesting cover for a few species of songbirds. The fruits can be eaten fresh, dried, or processed as jellies and pies. Used in screen, hedge, or border plantings..
Mature Height
5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread
5 - 6 feet
Soil Type
Widely Adaptable
Widely Adaptable
Mature Form
Growth Rate
Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Flower Color
Fall Color
Foliage Color
Silver, Green












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