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Sand cherry

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Did you know that cherries are in the same genus as plums and peaches? ‘Tis true, and that genus is Prunus, a word you recognize as the source of the prune that is a dried plum. Here you see some flowers of Prunus pumila, known as sand cherry, that I found at Illinois Beach State Park on June 9th.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 25, 2016 at 4:50 AM

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  1. nice


    October 25, 2016 at 4:53 AM

  2. They do bear resemblance to the more widely-known fruit tree blossoms, but they remind me just as much of gaura. There’s still a bit of it flowering here in Kansas, and the delicacy of both plants’ flowers is appealing.


    October 25, 2016 at 5:58 AM

    • We entered California today, and everything in the state up to Bakersfield (where we are tonight) was desert. After more than a week in various deserts, I’m strangely out of tune with gauras and plants in the rose family. I’m glad you’re still able to glorify and gaurify up there in Kansas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 25, 2016 at 10:44 PM

  3. We planted a long row of these eight years ago when we first moved here. About half have died, and we finally gave up replacing them. Apparently, sand cherries do not like Oklahoma! But the ones that remain, I do baby along and try to keep alive. They are a beautiful shrub, and they are wildlife friendly!


    October 25, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    • You must be one of the few readers who know about this plant. Yes, from what I’ve read, I’m afraid Oklahoma is too far south for this species to thrive on its own.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 25, 2016 at 11:09 PM

  4. Called Choke Cherry hereabouts and quite widely seen. Don’t look…I haven’t photographed them.

    Steve Gingold

    October 26, 2016 at 3:53 AM

    • Maybe you’ll have an incentive to photograph them now. From what I can tell, choke cherry is Prunus virginiana, which probably looks similar to sand cherry.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 26, 2016 at 7:11 AM

  5. This is such a striking image Steve. I love how the background looks all grey-lavender and the pink of the flowers pops out.


    October 26, 2016 at 7:19 AM

  6. Very dainty and pretty


    October 26, 2016 at 7:53 PM

  7. I am sure sand cherry jelly would be delicious.


    October 29, 2016 at 8:17 AM

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