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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E., et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Administration, Bismarck.
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2018 crop South Dakota
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Prunus besseyi

Bessey's Plum, Western Sand Cherry

In Stock: 12.107 lb (Total:12.107lb)
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12.11 lb


Germination test:
Seeds per lb:
12.11 lb
Collected in:
South Dakota
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: sow seed 1/2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

The Prunus besseyi, Western Sand Cherry/ Bessey's Plum, is closely related to other cherries, plums, and peaches. Western Sandcherry grows to be 4-6 feet tall and wide, and has a spreading, suckering habit. The leaves are oval to lanceolate, 4.5-6.5 cm long, and dark green to gray-green in color. The flowers are white, about 15 mm across, and appear in the spring with the leaves. The fruits are globose to ovoid, about 15 mm in diameter, and purplish-black in color. They are edible and can be eaten fresh, dried, or used in jellies and jams. This shrub is native to central North America and is perfect for gardeners looking for a plant that can tolerate hot and dry conditions. This makes it an ideal choice for gardens in the western part of the country where the weather can be unpredictable.
Western Sandcherry is a hardy shrub that is tolerant of a variety of conditions. It can withstand drought, heat, cold, and wind. It prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade. Western Sandcherry is a good choice for wildlife gardens, as the fruits are attractive to birds and other animals. It is also a good choice for erosion control and windbreaks. It's a great choice for those who are looking for a plant that is both hardy and low-maintenance, and it's sure to impress with its stunning flowers and delicious fruit. So if you're looking for a new addition to your garden, consider the Prunus besseyi Western Sand Cherry - it won't disappoint!

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