Western Sand Cherry Pawnee Buttes™  (Prunus besseyi)

Western Sand Cherry Pawnee Buttes™  (Prunus besseyi) (16825 bytes) Western Sand Cherry Pawnee Buttes™  (Prunus besseyi) is one of the hardiest of deciduous shrubs, growing to 3 to 8 feet with a rounded form. Prefering full sun, it adapts to heat and can be used in hot, dry areas of the landscape. This shrub is also cold tolerant and hardy to zone 2. Well-drained soil is preferable, but it will adapt to most soils, including clay. Supplemental water needs are low to none. Western Sand Cherry is rarely bothered by insects or diseases.
western sandcherry foliage (6035 bytes) western sandcherry fall foliage (6152 bytes)     Foliage is silvery-green and shiny. Fall color is bronze to red.
western sandcherry blooming (8933 bytes) western sandcherry blossom (3585 bytes) Flowers are white, profuse, in clusters from May to June.
western sandcherry fruit (4036 bytes) Fruit is a sour cherry, purple to black in color, that can be used in pies and jellies and are attractive to birds.
western sandcherry bark (4277 bytes) Bark is smooth and reddish-brown on young stems, rough and gray on older stems.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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