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Western Sand Cherry vs Black Hawthorn

Prunus pumila var besseyi

Crataegus douglasii

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Western Sand Cherry
Black Hawthorn

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.

Black Hawthorn is a versatile plant that is native to wetlands and other areas with moist soils, but can also tolerate dry soils. This plant can be grown as a short shrub, or a tree reaching 30 feet tall.

Black Hawthorn is valued for erosion control and attracting pollinators. It also makes an attractive flowering ornamental that can be planted as a specimen or pruned as a hedge. It is commonly used in shelterbelts.

WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

BLACK HAWTHORN QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Fall colour: yellow to red
Berries: small purple cherries
Berries: purplish-black pomes
Flowers: white
Flowers: white
Bark: brown to gray
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium





Other Names: crataegus columbiana, douglas hawthorn, douglas' thornapple