Grow a Sand Cherry Shrub for Spring Pollinators
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Attract your favorite pollinators in spring, feed birds in summer, and enjoy fall color with a gorgeous sand cherry shrub.
Nothing is as satisfying and easy as a flowering shrub that attracts early spring pollinators—and a sand cherry shrub is the perfect plant for the job.
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How to Grow a Sand Cherry Shrub
Here’s what you need to know about sand cherry before planting.
- Botanical name: Prunus pumila
- Zones: 3 to 7
- Light needs: Full sun
- Soil: Well-draining
This shrub is very easy to maintain once it’s established. It just needs the right conditions. Consider growing it as a drought-tolerant ground cover shrub or low hedge. Either option will add structure to your landscape.
It tolerates full sun and occasionally dry soil. So if you skip a watering, you won’t be left with a wilted plant.
As a bonus, this plant is also a native that plays an important role in supporting beneficial insects.
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Year-Round Backyard Benefits
Spring isn’t the only time that this plant is a standout. In summer, tiny cherries appear on the upward arching branches. The stems are also dotted with glossy green willow-shaped leaves.
In fall, sand cherry shrubs make another beautiful, fiery transition. The leaves take on a red-orange color. (Psst—we found the best fall shrubs to grow).
Once the leaves drop, the swooping branches form a very unique shape that looks great in winter.
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Plant Sand Cherry for Wildlife
The nectar-rich blossoms in spring offer pollen and nectar for a variety of beneficial backyard visitors. The flowers feature five tiny petals and pretty yellow stamens.
Where to Buy Sand Cherry Shrubs
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