Western Sand Cherry (Prunus pumila var. besseyi)

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Botanical names:
Prunus pumila var. besseyi Accepted
Prunus besseyi Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 36 to 72 inches
Plant Spread: 36 to 72 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: attractive orange to red fall foliage; glossy leaves spring & summer.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: large, purplish-black, sweet cherries good for jams, jellies, and pies.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: cold (41 deg.F) stratification for 90 days
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: around 2400 cleaned seeds per pound.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: softwood cuttings late spring to summer under mist and hardwood cuttings in winter, 1000 to 8000 ppm IBA.
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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