Plants We Love: Downy Serviceberry

Downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)Common name: downy serviceberry, juneberry, shadbush

Botanical name:
Amelanchier arborea

Virtues: Fragrant, pretty flowers. Good fall foliage. Edible, tasty berries. Attracts birds.

Foliage: Deciduous. Green oval leaves turn flaming orange in the fall.

Flowers: Appear in early spring, before the leaves. White, held in clusters, slightly fragrant. Berries follow the flowers, ripening from green to red to dark purple by early summer. Can be used in jams, jellies and pies. Also loved by birds.

Habit: Large shrub or small tree reaching 15 to 25 feet tall with a similar spread.

Season: Spring for flowers; summer for berries; fall for foliage.

Origin: Open woods, stream banks and wood edges of the eastern half of North America.

Cultivation: Grow in full sun or partial shade. Tolerates a range of soil types as long as drainage is good. Will take on a shrubby habit unless root suckers (shoots growing from the base of the plant) are removed. USDA Zones 4–9.

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