Deciduous, Edible fruit, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries
Graceful, airy plants grow about twice as high as wide. Bloom in early spring, just before or during leafout, bearing drooping clusters of white or pinkish flowers that are showy but short lived. Fruits follow in summer; they are similar to blueberries though with a somewhat musty flavor. Use them in pies and preserves—if you can get to them before the birds do (in Alaska, birds have thus far seemed uninterested in fruit). Purplish new spring foliage turns deep green in summer, fiery in fall.
Locate plants against a dark background to show off flowers, form, fall color. Best to choose a site where litter from fruit and birds won’t be a problem. Prune after bloom to remove crossing, crowded, diseased, or dead branches. The common name “serviceberry” is often pronounced “sarvisberry.”Amelanchier alnifolia
Native to western Canada and mountainous parts of western U.S. To 15–20 ft. tall, spreading by rhizomes. Selections grown for larger, sweeter berries than the species include ‘Smoky’, ‘Martin’, ‘Northline’, ‘Thiessen’, and dwarf ‘Regent’ (only 4–6 ft. tall).
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Plants offered under this name may actually belong to other species. From eastern North America. Grows...