Sandcherry
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can you eat sand cherries?

Zone Mimbres,NM | asperberg added on June 15, 2019 | Answered

we have a Purple Leaf Sand Cherry bush. it produces red berries with a stone in it. Can you eat the red berries?

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on June 16, 2019

The native Western Sandcherry has edible fruits often used for jelly, and its cultivar, the Purpleleaf Sand Cherry, has rare fruits hardly noticeable against the purple foliage. I would leave those fruits for the songbirds.

Here is more information:

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/trees/handbook/th-3-45.pdf

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sand-cherry/purple-leaf-sandcherry-info.htm

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