Prunus pumila

Common name: Sand Cherry

Native plant

Sand Cherry is found almost strictly in sandy soils around Lake Michigan and the sand prairies around northern Illinois and Indiana. It flowers early in May in bunches along the stems.  When it leafs out, the leaves are held at sharp angles, quill-like, giving it a very unique appearance. The fruit are not what we’d call edible, but song birds do seem to go for them.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color

White Pink

Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
8 Feet
Mature width
8 Feet
Max height
12 Feet
Max width
10 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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