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Western Sand Cherry vs Cupid Cherry

Prunus pumila var besseyi

Prunus x kerrasis Cupid

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Western Sand Cherry
Cupid Cherry

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.

Cupid Cherry is a hardy deciduous hybrid shrub variety of Sour Cherry released in the Romance Series of dwarf sour cherries from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. Cupid Cherry produces the largest fruit of all the sour cherries which is dark/red fruit and perfect for fresh eating but it tends to be a bit later than other varieties.

WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

CUPID CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 2.0 m (7 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: full sun
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Fall colour: orange
Berries: small purple cherries
Berries: very large dark red/black cherries
Fruit size: 6.5g
Flavor: balanced - good for fresh eating
Harvest: late August to early September
Flowers: white
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: low