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Western 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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Plant Details +

Botanical Prunus besseyi
Common Name Western Sand Cherry
Family Rosaceae
Height 4-6'
Spacing 4-6'
Hardiness 3-6
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Dark silvery-green
Flower White
Fruit Dark purple to black
Bloomtime Late Spring

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling.2. Set the plant crown (where top meets the roots) 1–2" deep, make sure 4–5" of the top shows above the soil surface.3. Cover with soil to original soil surface. Water thoroughly. Fertilize newly set plants 2–3 weeks after planting and again in early summer.

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