Sand Cherry

Prunus pumila

Family Fumitory (Fumariaceae)
Bloom Late spring, early summer
Habitat Dunes
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 1-4′
Flower Clusters of creamy white flowers composed of 5 petals with red centers.
Leaf Leaves are narrow and leathery. They turn deep red in the fall.
Notes The Sand Cherry is a shrub-like tree. It would not normally be included in a wildflower listing, but it has been included here because it is a characteristic flower of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The fruit is a bitter red miniature cherry-like fruit that appears in mid-summer. The trunks are reddish with white dots or streaks.


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