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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.

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