Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes)

Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry

  • White Prunus besseyi ‘PS’ (Pawnee Buttes), Prunus besseyi ‘P0S’, Pawnee Buttesand Sand Cherry

An outstanding selection of our western native sand cherry, Pawnee Buttes is a low growing, groundcover shrub with a profusion of fragrant white flowers in early spring and showy mahogany-red foliage in the fall. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant. Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ is a 2000 Plant Select® introduction. 12-18" tall x 4-6' wide.

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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SKU HBLL3XX

Details

12-18" tall x 4-6' wide (cutting propagated). Jutting up from the plains of northeastern Colorado, the Pawnee Buttes are a majestic sight. This starkly beautiful land is also a place of extreme weather and growing conditions. Discovered growing there, Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry is the unique groundcover variety selection of Sand Cherry. Enjoy it for its tough-as-nails constitution, groundcover growth habit, profusion of fragrant late spring flowers and fabulous glossy foliage. Fall turns the foliage a beautiful mahogany-red. Grows rapidly with modest supplemental irrigation and thrives in lean well-drained non-clay soils. A 2000 Plant Select® introduction. Cut back in spring after blooming is over, leaving 2-3 leaf buds on each branch.
Associated SKUs
HBLL3XX
HBLL321 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
80405 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry
Botanical Name Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 12-18" tall
Mature Spread 4-6' wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20"
Advantages Native
Ideal Region Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

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Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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3.4

(based on 9 reviews)

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57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (7)
  • Outdoors (6)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Low maintenance and sturdy

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from Kanab, Utah

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry areas
    • Exposed microclimates
    • Garden
    • Harsh conditions
    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area
    • Poor soil

    Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):

    What a non-complaining, hard working plant! I added three of these in late summer/early fall in just the absolute nastiest area of our yard. I wanted them to cool the area without being so high that they blocked the scenic view. I was also intrigued by their wildlife habitat potential.
    Where I placed them: Southwest facing, extreme winds, soil so poor it can't even be called soil, dry high desert air that sucks the life out of weaker plants even when they get regular watering, etc.
    I didn't add any amendments to the compacted dirt. I only dug a hole and then made a little burm of soil around the edge to hold water in a bit since I planted these on a slope. Each dimple that I formed was about one inch deep. I planted in sunny weather during a drought period.
    Anyway, the three Pawnee Buttes sand cherries didn't even go through an unhappy period. They took to our yard like a fish to water. I want like a hundred more! :)

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    1.0

    Pot too small?

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    from Las Cruces NM

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    • Attractive

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      • Garden
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):

      Bought several of these. Had to replace 4, but then two of those are failing. Other two are ok, and they are all planted within 3 feet of each other, until they got big enough to move. one is doing fairly well, but I find them hard to establish, likely because of the very small root and pot they come in. Two "dormant" never leafed out.

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      4.0

      Each plant is an individual

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      from Salt Lake City, Utah

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):

        I bought two plants about five years ago. I planted both next to the side walk, full sun, xeric landscape. One took off, grew with a sprawling habit with profuse flowers in spring and great fall color, and cherries. The other one, right next to it, languished, struggled and died. I'll try again.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Unfortunately, the rabbits ate them. I'd love replacements!

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        from Lakewood, CO

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions

        Cons

        • Pests & Disease

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):

        I wanted them as additions to my butterfly/bee garden but obviously, the rabbits had a more urgent need.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would buy this plant again

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        from Magdalena, NM

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Hardy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio

          Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):

          This plant is doing well in Magdalena at 6600 feet elevation.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Really nice groundcover

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          from Littleton, CO

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          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

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            • Garden

            Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):

            I really like this woody groundcover. I planted 6 of them along the hot edge of my garden next to the sidewalk. They're still small but flowered very nicely thus spring at the same time as the daffodils. Looking forward to them getting larger.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great on slopes

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            from Los Alamos, NM

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            • Hardy

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):

              This is a great spreading shrub. I am ordering more of these. I am using it to stabilize a steep slope. Gorgeous color in fall!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Planted in Fall and Doing Well This Spring

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              from Boise, ID

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              Pros

              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

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                • Garden
                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):

                Planted this last fall and just added cactus mix into clay soil. Each of these leafed out and are doing great so far! No extra watering in the high desert here. Can't wait to see how they take off...

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Was it the particular one I was shipped?

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                from Zone 7

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):

                Listed as plantable in sandy or average soil, but it's not my impression that the latter is true. I planted mine in an emended bed, further adding sand to loosen the soil in the area of the new planting, but the specimen sent me never got past a little leaf out, and then died. It sounded like a considerably less finicky plant

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                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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