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Western Sand Cherry vs White Meadowsweet

Prunus pumila var besseyi

Spiraea alba

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Western Sand Cherry
White Meadowsweet

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.

White Meadowsweet is a woody, deciduous shrub that begins to bloom in early summer with small white and pink flowers. Its foliage turns from a light green into an attractive golden-yellow later in the fall.

The White Meadowsweet, also known as Mead-Wort or Bride-Wort, is favored by birds and butterflies but is largely ignored by deer. They produce small brown berries in the summer, and while they are technically edible, they are not sweet and are more desired by wildlife.

WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

WHITE MEADOWSWEET QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Fall colour: golden yellow
Berries: small purple cherries
Flowers: white
Flowers: white, small
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: high





Other Names: mead wort, meadowsweet, narrowleaf meadowsweet, pale bridewort, pipestem