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Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry)

The Sand Cherry is valued in the landscape for its rugged constitution and ornamental attributes. The Sand Cherry was chosen for this group because of its profuse white spring flowers, leaves that are an attractive gray green, a heavy crop of juicy black berries, outstanding red fall foliage and nice semi-horizontal spreading habit. This is one of the hardiest of deciduous shrubs. Provides preferred fruit for numerous songbirds. Growth form creates good roosting and loafing cover for songbirds and game birds, and nesting cover for songbirds. Occasionally browsed by deer. Native to northern Great Plains, including northeastern Colorado.

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Availability

# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
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PR620BAG Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry) 25 14 $45.75
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Plant Details +

Size 12"-18"
Height 4-6'
Spacing 5-6'
Hardiness Very hardy for all zones
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Silvery-green and shiny. Fall color is bronze to red.
Flower White, profuse in clusters
Bloomtime May - June

General Information +

Botanical: Prunus besseyi

Common: Sand Cherry'

Family: Rosaceae

General Characteristics: Fruit is a sour cherry, purple to black in color, that can be used in pies and jellies and are attractive to birds. Bark is smooth and reddish-brown on young stems, rough and gray on older stems. Found in sandy areas in the western plains. This shrub is also cold tolerant and hardy to zone 3. Supplemental water needs are low to none, after the plant matures.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: The Sand Cherry is rarely bothered by insects or diseases.

Planting Instructions: Prefering full sun, it adapts to heat and can be used in hot, dry areas of the landscape. Well-drained soil is preferable, but it will adapt to most soils, including clay. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.