Maryland Native Plants That Thrive : Serviceberry


LGS Notes: Serviceberry is a multi stemmed, medium height native tree with spring blooming flowers and edible berries in the summer.  These trees are great for adding height to smaller areas.  Their berries attract lots of birds in the summer, and are even edible for humans.  Its flowers also attract honeybees and mining bees. I like to plant a variety of things under serviceberries including coastal leucothoe, oakleaf hydrangea, moss and creeping phlox, tickseed, spotted geranium, Jacob’s ladder, coral bells and much more! We use the ‘Autumn Brilliance’ variety in our designs a lot to add height variation to a new landscape bed.

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Information from Missouri Botanical Plant Finder
Latin name: Amelanchier canadensis
Common Name: Serviceberry
Type: Tree
Family: Rosaceae
Native Range: Eastern North America
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 25.00 to 30.00 feet
Spread: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Flowering Tree
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy, Edible
Tolerate: Clay Soil
Information from Missouri Botanical