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Prunus pumila

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, poor, sand

Height: 2'-5'

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

Prunus pumila (sandcherry)
  • Prunus pumila (sandcherry)
  • Prunus pumila (sandcherry)

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Description

Prunus pumila

Also known as:

sandcherry

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Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or by wood cuttings. Suckers can be removed and transplanted.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae Rose family
Genus Prunus plum
Species Prunus pumila sandcherry