|Prunus besseyi is a spreading shrub, 4 to 6 feet high and as wide. It has attractive gray-green leaves that are very different from other Prunus species. In late spring it is covered in pure white, 1/2 inch flowers, by late summer these have turned into sweet purple-black fruits. It prefers well drained soil and is found in the great plains, from Manitoba to Wyoming, down to Kansas and Colorado. Tolerates dry, hot conditions. Many cultivars have been developed for fruit quality.