Prunus pumila (Sand Cherry) - photos and description

Prunus pumila
15 cm ruler for scale

Prunus pumila

Prunus pumila

Prunus pumila

Prunus pumila

Prunus pumila

Prunus pumila

Prunus pumila

Prunus pumila

General: Shrubs with a low, spreading growth habit, and showy flowers.

Flowers: Flowers are white, fragrant, grow in umbels of 2-4, flower measured at 18 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves grow in whorls, are oblong to oblanceolate, with short petioles. Leaf highlighted in photo above was 28 mm long and 9 mm wide.

Height: Height not given in Budd's Flora, we measured plants to 78 cm tall.

Habitat: Sand hills and dry prairie.

Abundance: This plant is extremely rare, ranked as an S1 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre. We collected a plant for the University of Saskatchewan's Fraser Herbarium, as of 2015 this is the only specimen of this plant from Saskatchewan in their collection.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 15th, sandy jack pine woods, boreal forest, about 400 km northeast of our home in Regina, SK.