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Service Berry - Amelanchier Canadensis
Shadblow Serviceberry - Amelanchier Canadensis
The celebrated Serviceberry tree grows in the countries of the United States and Canada. Deciduous by nature, the Serviceberry tree can grow to be 30 feet tall. It grows wild typically in wetlands and is considered a perennial shrub. The Serviceberry tree is listed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with plant hardiness in zones 4 - 8.
Many people place the beautiful tree in their yards as an additional border, or on their outdoor deck. It has multiple trunks and spreads out 15 to 20 feet to bloom fragrant blooms. In the spring and summer months; white flowers consisting of five petals give off a pleasant smell to those who are near it. In the autumn months, the leaves become varying hues of yellow, red, and orange which continues the decorative beauty throughout the year.
Also called the Juneberry tree, the Serviceberry trees bare edible fruit that changes color from red to dark-purple, and has an approximate 3/8-inch diameter. The fruit is loved by people who eat it in the form of jelly, pies, syrups, and a delicious Serviceberry-Raspberry soup that food lovers rave about.
Not particularly sensitive to wind, the Serviceberry tree is low-maintenance for its owners. Easy to add in gardens, and can thrive in multiple soil types. Not needing a particular PH, it has a wide range of survival areas. Although it does best under the shade of taller trees and shrubs, the Serviceberry tree will do okay living in full sunlight. The seeds can be used to replant, but require soaking in cold water for 90 to 120 days first.
Pests are not a significant problem for the Serviceberry tree, and most likely only the appearance will be affected. Sawflies, scale, aphids and some diseases may cause discoloration in the leaves and bark. Prevention of drowning the roots by the oversaturation of water is the most critical concern for preserving the health of a Serviceberry tree. It is indeed a beautiful, easy to manage addition to a home’s landscape.
Service Berry is a large shrub that is known as a few different things such as Sugarplum, shadbush, and wild plum. The serviceberry can mature as much as 2 feet in one year. The serviceberry has to be in either moist or well-drained soil. The Service-Berry blooms in the fall and the spring with small clusters of flowers.