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Sand Cherry

Prunus pumila


Sand cherry is a deciduous shrub, typically growing up to 2 meters tall. It is native to North American and is widespread in eastern and central Canada,  and some northern parts of the United States. It can be found in sandy or gravelly shores, dunes, and old beach ridges around the Great Lakes. There are several varieties of this species including Prunus pumila var. besseyi, Prunus pumila var. depressa and Prunus pumila var. susquehanae. 


Leaves are simple, alternate, leathery green, lance shaped. Narrowly elliptic or widest near the tip.


Fruit is a shiny drupe, reddish purple maturing to nearly black, 1/3 to ½ inch in diameter with a single hard seed inside. Become dark purple in early summer.


White with 5 petals. Clusters of 2 to 4 flowers together -flowered umbel (stalks all arising from the same point).

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