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Western Sand Cherry vs Pink Candles Nanking Cherry

Prunus pumila var besseyi

Prunus tomentosa Pink Candles

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Western Sand Cherry
Pink Candles Nanking 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.

The Pink Candles Nanking Cherry is a small deciduous cultivar of the Nanking Cherry with attractive pink flowers that then form edible fruit. The flowers emerge close to the branches resembling a pink candle, giving this cultivar its name. The berries are scarlet in colour with a sweet and slightly tart flavor. It fruits mid to late July, and the fruit size and flavor can vary greatly.

The Pink Candles Nanking Cherry is a good choice for use in hedges. It is closely related to plum trees so it can pollinate certain plum species.
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WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

PINK CANDLES NANKING CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: full sun
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Berries: small purple cherries
Berries: small
Flavor: sweet, tart
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: low