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Amelanchier canadensis (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Amelanchier canadensis (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Amelanchier canadensis

Serviceberry
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Edible fruit, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

AMELANCHIER

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 canadensis

Plants offered under this name may actually belong to other species. From eastern North America. Grows to 25 ft. tall, with short, erect clusters of white flowers.

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