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PlantFiles: Western Sand Cherry, Sandcherry, Bessey Cherry, Rocky Mountain Cherry, Hansen's Bush Cherry
Prunus pumila var. besseyi

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: pumila var. besseyi

Synonym:Prunus besseyi
Synonym:Prunus pumila subsp. besseyi

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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By jkramer
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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral jkramer On Jul 20, 2006, jkramer from Saint Charles, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Flowering shrub that produces an abundance of cherries, especially when two or more are planted for pollination. Grows in cold climates, producing white flowers starting in May, followed in mid-summer with " purple-black cherries for eating fresh, preserves or pies. Cherries are small and even when they appear ripe, they may be sour. They become somewhat sweet when the fruit slips easily from the stems. This is a pretty little bush in the spring - my neutral rating is based on some disappointment with the quality of the fruit.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chino Valley, Arizona
Saint Charles, Illinois
Nottingham, Maryland
Billerica, Massachusetts
Farmington, New Mexico
Cibolo, Texas
Manassas, Virginia

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