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Serviceberry, Downy

Serviceberry, Downy

Amelanchier canadensis

12-24 inches height at sale, bare root

Native to Vermont

Sourced from Michigan


Serviceberry produces blueberry-like fruits in pendulous clusters that ripen in June. The fruits of serviceberry are used in pies, jams, and more. They provide great foraging for native birds. Beautiful orange to rusty-red fall foliage.


Self fertile - can reproduce with one plant, but planting two or more is preferred. Will also pollinate others. 


Aka: Juneberry, Shadbush

  • General Information

    Recommended Spacing (ft) 12 - 15

    Mature Width (ft)

    10 - 15
    Mature Height (ft) 10 - 25
    Annual Growth Rate (in) 13 - 24
    Pollination Needs Self-pollinating, yield increases with multiple
    Bloom Time March to April
    Ripens/Harvest Late June to July
    Soil pH 6.5 - 6.8
    Soil Type Loam, Clay
    Soil Moisture Moist, well-drained
    Sun Preference Full Sun, Partial Shade
    Taste Subtle, Tart, Sweet
    Texture Grainy
  • Description

    The flowers of Serviceberry appear before leaf emergence in spring. Also known as Juneberry, the plant produces berries in June before typical cultivated berries are ready such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The fruits are used in pies, jams and more.


    This native shrub can reach up to 20 ft and is cold hardy. Color in autumn is variable but foliage can range from orange to red. Bark is light gray and smooth. In the wild, it is found as an understory shrub. The plant can tolerate shade as well as sun. Prune to your liking for desired shape, whether it is a contained tree form or an open, flowing and organic shape. This plant is relatively slow growing and won't get out of hand. However, if you would like the berries to grow closer to the ground, consider pruning it back every few years in late winter. 

  • Resources

    Species Details from the US National Plant Germplasm System, USDA Agricultural Research Service

    Canadian Serviceberry Plant Guide, USDA 

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