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Western Sand Cherries

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics and best uses of Western Sand cherries, one of six Plant Profiles featured in our Cherry Collection.

Western Sand Cherries

Western Sand Cherries

Western Sand is native to the northern Great Plains, and it’s a cold-hardy shrub that produces a heavy crop of dark fruit with a flavor similar to plums. Its small size means it can be used as a hedge, border, or specimen plant. It grows in any type of soil and has silver-green leaves that become burgundy and purple in the fall. It boasts attractive single white flowers in May, then produces 3/4-inch purple-black sweet fruit. Eat the fruit raw or use in jellies and baked goods.


  • Grows in zones 3 to 6
  • Reaches a height and spread of 5 to 6 feet at maturity
  • Ripens early in the season
  • Is self-pollinating

Do you grow Western Sand cherries? Do they thrive in your climate? Please tell us about your Western Sand cherries.


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