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
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