Cherry Bush - Knowledgebase Question

Palm Desert, CA
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Question by shy0nes
January 15, 1998
Can Prunus besseyi survive in my area? I would like to use it as a hedge up the driveway.


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Answer from NGA
January 15, 1998
Prunus bessyi, Sand Cherry, is a very hardy shrub that grows 3-6 feet tall and produces sweet black cherries that are used for pies, jams and jellies. These plants will survive cold, wind, and arid conditions, and are hardy to below-freezing temperatures.

If you choose to plant these shrubs, make sure to help them get established by applying one-inch of water per week for an entire year. After that time they should be happy with whatever moisture nature supplies.

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