IMG_6503.JPGAmelanchier arborea | Serviceberry

CHARACTER
Native to MD, and Northeast US. Beautiful small tree or very large shrub. Multistemmed with amazing red fall color. But the lacey white racemes of flowers which cover the plants are the real joy of this plant. Can be id’d by its yellow-green buds and pendulous friuts. Serviceberry has red edible fruit, berry like pomes, that tastes like the sweetest blueberries and are enjoyed by birds. Great to soften building corners or naturalize yards where there is space. Nice with dark backdrops to emphasize the shape. They hardly need any attention to thrive.
CARE
Transplant B&B. Keep in shape by removing unwanted succors.
NOTES
Also known as Juneberry and Shadblow (weird name) refferring to the bloom time when shad run.

Amelanchier arborea grove

Amelanchier arborea grove | photo: AnnaMollyMadison

RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
Amelanchier grandiflora ‘Princess Diana’ at Greensprings, VA
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Fire’ and ‘Autumn Brilliance’ recommended by my designer friend, Cathy
ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 4 – 9 | full sun to part shade
GROWTH RATE ….. medium, 9′ to 10′ in 8 years
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 15′-25′ but sometimes up to 40′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Loose, rounded; many horizontal and ascending branches
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 1.5″-3″ obovate, impressed veins, obtusely serrated, thin, light
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Deciduous | medium green, turning yellow, apricot or deep red in fall
FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
STEM
| olive green to red-brown, green pith, smooth
FLOWERS | 5 petals, 2″ to 4″ long racemes, small white in early April
BERRIES | beautiful bright orange red, orange shaped pome (rose family) 1/4″ diameter
NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL tollerates streambanks to dry roadsides to hillsides, but not particularly polution tollerant, acid lovers
Native MD to FL and west to TX

UCONN plant database / Amelanchier arborea

MO Botanic Garden / Amelancheir arborea
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