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PlantFiles: Eastern Sand Cherry
Prunus pumila var. depressa

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

Synonym:Prunus depressa

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jrtinker On Oct 8, 2011, jrtinker from Palmer, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is an excellent ground cover, rock garden or bonsai plant. Has proven very hardy here. The tiny black cherries are edible, and have a delicate flavor, but are a lot of effort for little return. A single plant can cover a 5' x 5' area in about 10 years.

Positive sladeofsky On Apr 18, 2007, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

The Height listed here is way off. This is Creeping Sand Cherry. Its height can be as much as a foot but is usualy between 3 and 8 inches.

Positive watersedge On Apr 17, 2007, watersedge from Northeast Harbor, ME wrote:

This is a pretty interesting ground cover. With time, it will develop some very thick branching, looking like big snakes in the dormant season. The flowers are cute and white. Nothing I'd write home about.

The foliage is dark green on one side and light green on the other. It sticks straight up in the air and wind creates a shimmering effect as the leaves quake in the breeze.

A very good plant for the indigenous plant type that wants something new.


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

Palmer, Alaska
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Northeast Harbor, Maine
Millbrook, New York

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