Amelanchier canadensis

Shadblow


One of the first native trees with showy flowers to bloom, serviceberry has slightly fragrant, white flowers in drooping clusters that are quite conspicuous because they appear before the leaves emerge. The nectar attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Flowers give rise to very flavorful, purple-black, berrylike fruits relished by both songbirds and people. Edible berries resemble blueberries in size and color and can be used in jams, jellies and pies. The colorful fall foliage is a blend of orange, gold, red and green.

Very early to bloom
Nectar attracts butterflies and other pollinators
Provides first crop of native berries for robins, bluebirds and other fruit eating birds
Handsome landscape plant that grows well in moist soil
Good fall color
Height: 15-20 Feet
Spread: 8-12 Feet
Zone: 4-9
Color: White

Shadblow Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Shade
Part Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Average
Moist
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Early Spring
Nature Attraction
Songbirds
Amphibians
Butterflies
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Fragrant
Accent Plant
Stream Edge
Meadow
Border
Native to Northeast
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Summer
Fall
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Shadblow

Easy to grow in full sun or part shade. Plant in medium wet, well-drained soil. Adapts to moist or dry conditions but performs best in moist, well-drained soil. Root suckers are common, and if not removed, will result in a shrubby growth habit for the plant. Removal of smaller shoots allows for training as a small tree.

Interesting Notes

Researchers have documented at least 26 different types of wildlife feed on this plant. It is especially popular with songbirds starting in June when it's fruit reaches maturity.