Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry
Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, poor, sand
Bloom Time: May, June
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6
Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, colonizing, creeping, drought tolerant, dune plant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage
Pricing & Availability
Prunus pumilaAlso known as:
Prunus pumila is a small deciduous shrub with oblong leathery leaves. It spreads via suckers forming dense low colonies that are rarely taller than 3 feet. It produces small clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by small cherries that ripen to a dark purple color in early summer.
As the common name "sand cherry" would indicate, this is a drought tolerant species. It should be grown in poor, sandy or gravely, alkaline soil, and in full sun. Blooms in May or June. Zones 3-6
Propagate from seed, or by wood cuttings. Suckers can be removed and transplanted.
Though the cherries may be eaten raw, they are more palatable when cooked, or made into preserves and jams.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AR, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SD, TN, UT, VT, WI, WY
USDA Endangered Status:
- Rare: PA
- Threatened: AR, TN