How to Prune a Sand Cherry


Sand cherry shrubs grow 8 to 10 feet tall and spread just as wide. These shrubs grow upright and are known for their attractive foliage rather than their small flowers. As this shrub grows older, however, it tends to droop, leaving an open center. In order to fix this, you must prune and shape the shrub properly. Knowledge of how to prune the sand cherry will help you keep the plant healthy and attractive.

Step 1

Plan to prune in early spring while the shrub is dormant. Sterilize your pruning shears by wiping down the blades with rubbing alcohol and a rag. This will decrease the spread of disease to your sand cherry from other plants.

Step 2

Cut out diseased and broken branches, cutting right down to the base of the plant. Make a clean cut through the branches and prune them as close as you can to the ground. This will keep your tree healthy, stopping the spread of disease to other branches.

Step 3

Cut out old, dead, weak or crowded branches, again cutting right down to the base of the shrub. This will increase air flow in the bush, which is necessary for good health.

Step 4

Trim branches that grow too long, especially those that start to droop under their own weight. This will help keep the shrub growing upright.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Rag


  • Washington State University: Pruning Deciduous Shrubs
  • Ohio State University: Prunus x Cistena
  • University of Minnesota: Pruning Trees and Shrubs
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