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Cherry, Western Sand Prunus besseyi

Western Sand Cherry - Prunus besseyi
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A hardy, drought-tolerant shrub with a bounty of white 1/2" flowers in April and May. Dark purple-black fruits follow the flowers providing food for many songbirds. Leaves are a pleasing gray-green and are excellent cover for wildlife habitat. Adapts to a broad range of soils and likes full sun. Grows 4'-6' high with equal spread. Two or more seedlings are needed for cross pollination.

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Zones 3 - 6 Zones 3 - 6
Hardiness Zones 3 - 6
The Western Sand Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
Flowering Trees, Shrubs
4' - 6' High 4' - 6' High
Mature Height
The Western Sand Cherry grows to be 4' - 6' feet in height.
4' - 6' Spread 4' - 6' Spread
Mature Spread
The Western Sand Cherry has a spread of about 4' - 6' at full maturity.
Slow Growth Slow Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This cherry does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Western Sand Cherry grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained soils.
Irregular Shape Irregular Shape
Shape
This cherry has irregular, rounded shape.
Description

A hardy, drought-tolerant shrub with a bounty of white 1/2" flowers in April and May. Dark purple-black astringent fruits follow the flowers providing food for many songbirds. Leaves are a pleasing gray-green and are excellent cover for wildlife habitat. Adapts to a broad range of soils and likes full sun. Grows 4'-6' high with equal spread. Needs to be cross-pollinated, so plant in pairs.