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Pawnee Buttes Western Sandcherry

Prunus besseyi 'Pawnee Buttes'

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Pawnee Buttes Western Sandcherry (Prunus besseyi 'Pawnee Buttes') at Tagawa Gardens

Pawnee Buttes Western Sandcherry flowers

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Pawnee Buttes Western Sandcherry (Prunus besseyi 'Pawnee Buttes') at Tagawa Gardens

Pawnee Buttes Western Sandcherry in fall

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Height:  18 inches

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Sandcherry


An ornamental shrub featuring showy white flowers in spring followed by edible black cherries in summer; low growing and wide spreading with good fall color; very hardy and adaptable, excellent as a ground cover for sunny, dry locations

Ornamental Features

Pawnee Buttes Western Sandcherry is draped in stunning fragrant white flowers along the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has grayish green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The fruits are showy deep purple drupes with black overtones, which are displayed in mid summer.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The small round tart fruit is most often used in the following ways:

  • Preserves

Landscape Attributes

Pawnee Buttes Western Sandcherry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pawnee Buttes Western Sandcherry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Pawnee Buttes Western Sandcherry will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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