Tree Detail

Prunus besseyi


Cherry, Western Sand

Prunus besseyi   

Category: deciduous shrub   Size: medium

Mature Size: 3' x 6'

Zone: 1 - 3, 10   Growth Rate: moderate

Foliage: grey-green turning to purple, 1-2"

Elevation (if known): to 7,5000'

Water: Once established, requires little water.

Soil : sandy to loamy

Sun: full

Comments: Withstands heat, cold, wind, and drought. A parent of hardy hybrid plums. One of the 7 prunus species allowed in the San Luis Valley. Mine didn't fare well -- died after a few years.


Alamosa Tree Board Recommended? no

Street Tree? no   Street Tree Conditions:

CO/NM native? yes   Native to: Northern Mid US and Canada

Known Locations:

Information Sources: Sunset Western Garden Book; USDA Plants