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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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(based on 13 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Most Liked Positive Review
Low maintenance and sturdy
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...Read complete review
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! :)
Most Liked Negative Review
I have a few of these shrubs that I've purchased from local nurseries. They're a nice plant, with attractive foliage, lovely blooms and decent fall color. They even get a dark, cherry-sized...Read complete review
I have a few of these shrubs that I've purchased from local nurseries. They're a nice plant, with attractive foliage, lovely blooms and decent fall color. They even get a dark, cherry-sized fruit with a large pit that tastes an awful lot like chokecherries. The ones I've purchased locally were quite large and when I saw the HCG price I couldn't pass up the great deal, but I was a bit taken back at the size of the plants that arrived. I also should have recalled that the rabbits heavily grazed the larger plants that I had and that these have been slow growers for me. Despite by efforts to protect them, after an entire growing season one had disappeared completely and the other was struggling along in worse shape than when it arrived, so I replaced both with larger versions from the nursery. I would recommend getting this plant locally if you can, and otherwise only purchasing the 5" pot from HCG and then growing in a rabbit-proof zone.
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from Littleton CO
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Comments about High Country Gardens Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes):
On difficult hillsides.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Colo Spgs Co
About Me Avid Gardener
Nice small shrub that is doing well
Not sure if it survived initial planting. Maybe it will come back so I'll reserve my judgement till then
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Still to be determined
from Denver, CO
It is a ground cover for a xeriscaped area. The center died back and lost its leaves, but by the end of the year it was putting out new leaves at the edges. It would be nice to know if this is normal for this plant, or if I have done something incorrectly that I need to correct for next year. Hopefully next year it will come back and perform better. I am interested in seeing if it does better next year. I like the plant, and would like to see it do well. It is also located in a place that, from its description, it should do well.
(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Fort Collins, CO
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Kanab, Utah
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Pot too small?
By JC NM
from Las Cruces NM
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.
Merchant response: We are so sorry to hear of your overall experience with us and that the Prunus besseyi has not been successful. We would never want you to pay for something that you didn't have a chance to enjoy, that is why we have our 100% guarantee. We truly want our customers to be successful with our products and pleased with our customer service. Please contact us so that we may assist you with a solution. Happy Gardening!
Each plant is an individual
By Avid Gardner
from Salt Lake City, Utah
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.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I would buy this plant again
from Magdalena, NM
This plant is doing well in Magdalena at 6600 feet elevation.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Really nice groundcover
from Littleton, CO
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.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great on slopes
from Los Alamos, NM
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!
Planted in Fall and Doing Well This Spring
By Xeric Boise Gardener
from Boise, ID
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...
Was it the particular one I was shipped?
from Zone 7
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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