The Q&A Archives: Sand Cherry Trees

Question: We moved into a new house and the builder landscaped the front yard. They planted a sand cherry tree about 4 - 5 feet from the front corner of the house. Can you tell us how big this tree will get and how broad it will get, as we are concerned about the siding and windows in the future?

Answer: Your Prunus besseyi, or Western Sand Cherry, will grow about 6 feet tall with a 6 foot spread. It's a deciduous shrub with a rounded shape and will grow 12"-18" per year.

This cherry produces a profusion of white flowers in the spring, followed by purple to black, edible fruits. The leaves are silvery green. Western Sand Cherry can be used on hot dry sites.

I'd say it is a good choice for its present location.

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