How to Prune a Canadian Sand Cherry

Overview

Canadian sand cherry is a perennial shrub that is native to Canada. It belongs to the Rosaceae (rose) family. The flower blooms in June and is typically white with five petals. The twigs start out red in color but turn gray as the plant matures. Canadian sand cherry also boasts a blackish-purple edible fruit that grows in June and July. Canadian sand cherry does best in planting sites that are dry and hot or partially shaded and moist such as fields, river banks and rocky locations. Prune sand cherry to promote good health and improve the plant's appearance.

Step 1

Prune sand cherry in the early spring, just before growth begins. This leaves the wounds open for only a short amount of time before growth starts. It's also easier to see which branches to cut off when leaves are not on the plant.

Step 2

Cut off suckers that grow at the base of the Canadian sand cherry. They are small sprouts that emerge from the root system. They're stealing nutrients from the rest of the plant, so if you want a single-stem sand cherry, snip them off at their bases.

Step 3

Remove branches that are dead or dying, along with those that are rubbing against one another. These have open wounds which can be the gateway to insect infestation and weather-related damage.

Step 4

Thin out branches to allow for good spacing and sunlight and air circulation. Remove the sand cherry stems that grow too close to each other and those that are growing in a downward direction.

Step 5

Trim errant branches to keep the desired shape of the Canadian sand cherry. Use the shears to make a diagonal cut right next to a bud. This will promote new growth at that location, resulting in a bushier plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not make multiple cuts if you're removing diseased stems until you clean the pruning shears. Dip them in rubbing alcohol to sterilize them between cuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Andy's Northern Ontario Wildflowers: Flowering Shrubs
  • Canadian Gardening: My Sand Cherry's A Sucker
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Pruning Trees and Shrubs
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