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WESTERN SANDCHERRY Prunus besseyi
The Western Sandcherry is a small spreading shrub which suckers a little bit. It is great for wildlife plantings and as a pollinator for all the late flowering plums and the Nanking Cherry. As an ornamental for the front yard, it is not great.
Medium Shrub: Height 1m (3 to 4ft).
Foliage: Medium textured light green.
Flowers: White, not conspicuous.
Fruit: A black cherry which is quite small and quite astringent, edible but not especially good or useful except as food for wildlife.
Comments: Although great for wildlife plantings, the main use for this plant is as a pollinator.