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Western Sand Cherry vs Witch Hazel

Prunus pumila var besseyi

Hamamelis virginiana

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Western Sand Cherry
Witch Hazel

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.

Witch Hazel is a deciduous shrub, or small tree, with a short trunk, bearing numerous spreading, crooked branches.

The seeds grow in a long, wooden pod with two to four seeds per pod. Upon ripening, the pods burst, firing the seeds up to 30km an hour.

The leaf and bark extract of Witch Hazel has been used as a remedy to common ailments such as inflammation, bruises and much more for many centuries.

WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

WITCH HAZEL QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: wet
Light: any
Light: any
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Berries: small purple cherries
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium