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Canadian Serviceberry Amelanchier canadensis

 

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Canadian Serviceberry
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Alternate name: Shadblow Serviceberry, Juneberry

Family: Rosaceae, Rose view all from this family



Description Canadian Serviceberry or Shadblow Serviceberry is a small, understory tree or large, multi-trunked shrub usually growing in clumps with many upright branches. Its crown is delicate and open. Long-petaled, white blossoms, opening before leaves emerge, are followed by a small, crimson-colored, edible, apple-like fruit. Enduring fall foliage is orange to rusty-red. The deciduous plant grows 6-20 ft. high, sometimes taller.


Habitat Wood borders; moist, upland woods.


Range Maine to Georgia, west to c. New York.


Discussion Serviceberries are subject to many disease and insect problems. Damage from these problems is usually cosmetic rather than life threatening.


Comments Serviceberries are subject to many disease and insect problems. Damage from these problems is usually cosmetic rather than life threatening.


Exposure Preference Shade to partial sun.


Flower April - May


Native Distribution Maine to Georgia, w. to c. New York


Site Preference Wood borders; moist, upland woods


Soil Preference Moist, but well-drained, soils.


Wildlife Value An important browse and food plant for birds and other wildlife.


 

 

 

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