- Hardiness Zone: 2-8
- Mature Height: 2-6' tall
- Mature Width: 2-6' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 2-6' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Due to federal and state laws, we are unable to ship to: LA, SC
Why the Audubon® Great Lakes Sand Cherry?
Biologists have discovered that songbirds require enormous numbers of caterpillars for each brood of chicks they raise. One study monitored a pair of Carolina chickadees who brought 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars to their nestlings! Where do all these caterpillars come from? Largely, they’re reared on native Oaks, Willows, and Cherries. Sand Cherry is one American Accent you can plant to support caterpillars, and therefore, songbirds. Even if you don’t have room for a tree, you can still do a solid for wildlife by planting one or more of these lovely shrubs on your property. Sand Cherry’s sour little fruits will be a hit with birds, too!
At home where summers are cool and winters are downright brutal, this species is most often spotted in the wild in Canada, the Upper Plains States, the Upper Midwest, and New England. It favors light (sandy), dry soils in sunny sites. Besides serving as a stellar caterpillar host plant, Sand Cherry is also a delight for pollinators when the sweet white flowers open in spring. The blooms appeal to bumblebees, miner bees, sweat bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and skippers. In late summer, the purple-black fruits attract bluebirds, cardinals, cedar waxwings, catbirds, and kingbirds, among others.
How to use in the landscape?
At any garden center in the North, you’re likely to find Purple Sand Cherry for sale. This purple-leaved hybrid has the native Sand Cherry as one of the parents. While the Purple Sand Cherry is also a pretty plant, it is not as beneficial to wildlife. Studies have shown that insects tend to shun purple leaves. To support beneficial bugs and birds, choose the native green Sand Cherry!
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 2-8
Mature Height: 2-6' tall
Mature Width: 2-6' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 2-6' apart
How To Plant
Plant your Sand Cherry in full sun if possible; light shade will also suffice, but isn’t ideal. Irrigate regularly during the establishment period (the first summer); after that, the plant will be happy with little or no supplemental water. In rich, moist soils, Sand Cherry will grow larger than usual. It is adapted to poor, dry sites, where its habit is typically stunted. Constantly wet soils should be avoided for this species and for Cherries in general. Sand Cherry expands laterally by rhizomes (rootlike underground stems). Plant it where it has some room to spread out.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 2-8