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Cherry, Western SandPrunus besseyi

Cherry, Western Sand—Prunus besseyi

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.

Zones 3 - 6
Zones 3 - 6

Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 - 6
The Western Sand Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. (see map below)

Flowering Tree
Flowering Tree

Type of tree:
The Western Sand Cherry falls into the following type(s): 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.

More Info
More Info


The Western Sand Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown on this map.

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.