Serviceberry Tree

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Latin Name- Amelanchier Selection Hardy Planting Zone- 2-9 Mature Height- 6-25 ft Width- 4-20 ft Sun or Shade- Full Sun
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Serviceberry Tree — Amelanchier arborea

 
The Serviceberry Tree is fast growing and will reach heights of 8’-20’ tall with a spread of 4’-15’. It will gain between 13” and 24” in a year. They grow best in acidic, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade in zones 2-9. In the early spring, delicate white flowers will start to appear in clusters of 1-20 flowers before the foliage begins to emerge. Each flower will have 5 narrow petals. The flowers will give way to a sweet, edible fruit that will ripen to deep red and finally to purple in June. These fruits are often eaten raw, or in jams, jellies and pies. The leaves are a blue-green color and elliptical shaped. They will turn to stunning shades of red and orange in the fall. On younger trees, the gray bark will be smooth. Since it is wind tolerant, landscapers often use this tree as a windbreak for other plants. Dense with star-shaped, white, fragrant flowers, the Serviceberry is almost as beautiful as the dogwood and blooms around the same time. That would be between March and April.  It is not fussy about the type of soil and can do reasonably well in ground that is poor. However, it much prefers soil to be well-drained, well-aerated and acidic. The serviceberry needs medium watering and not much maintenance. It is said to be not fond of pruning, but suckers can be removed in the winter to help the tree look more tree-like. Best of all, it produces edible fruit and delivers it earlier than a lot of other trees. They begin as green berries that deepen to red and are purplish black by early summer. These berries resemble and are used much like blueberries. Wildlife adore the berries, so the gardener should be careful to pick some before they’re all gone!


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