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Western Sand Cherry vs Silverberry (Wolf Willow)

Prunus pumila var besseyi

Elaeagnus commutata

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Western Sand Cherry
Silverberry (Wolf Willow)

Western Sand Cherry is known for its unique, leathery grey-green foliage and beautiful white blossoms. It is a popular ornamental shrub in parks and front yards. Both you and the wildlife will love its edible small dark red to purple cherries.

Due to its small stature and spreading qualities, Western Sandcherry is suitable as an underplanting or groundcover.

Many people graft plum and cherry varieties to Western Sand Cherry and use it as rootstock. It is also popular to graft hardy apricots to.

Silverberry (also known as Wolf Willow) is a common native North American shrub. This beautiful ornamental plant has characteristic silver leaves and fragrant yellow flowers.

Its silver berries remain on the branches through the winter. Silverberry is cold hardy and has some ability as a nitrogen fixer. It can grow on dry to moist sandy/gravel soils. This plant is very low maintenance.

WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

SILVERBERRY (WOLF WILLOW) QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Berries: small purple cherries
Berries: silver, edible
Flowers: white
Flowers: yellow
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: high





Other Names: american silverberry, silver berry, wolf willow