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Native Plant of the Week: Amelanchier canadensis

Family: Rosaceae

Name: Amelanchier canadensis - Serviceberry

Bloom Time: April - May

Flower: White

Fruit: June, dark purple

Soil Condition: Average - Moist, Adaptable

Light: Sun to Partial Shade

Height: 6-20'

Native Range: Eastern North America including Long Island

Zone: 3-8

Serviceberry is a fantastic, three-season shrub. It is usually multi-trunked (suckers) and has a lovely vase shape. Flowers emerge before the foliage and are a must for early-season native pollinators. Gorgeous orange and red fall foliage. It is moderately deer resistant and can tolerate full shade. They are self-fertile (flowers are male and female) but it does fruit best when it has a partner.

Maintenance: Serviceberries are subject to many diseases but they are usually only cosmetic and do not threaten the tree. Only prune in early spring. Remove crossing stems.

Benefits: host plant to the Red-spotted Purple and Viceroy butterflies, a nectar source for butterflies and insects including native bees, fruits are edible for us and the critters

Companion Plants: Cornus florida, Hydrangea quercifolia, Heuchera americana, Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Carex appalachica, Dennstaedtia punctilobula



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