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Tree of the Week - March 29, 2004

Young multi-stem ServiceberryShadblow Serviceberry

Amelanchier canadensis--Shadblow Serviceberry 

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 
Height: 15 to 25 ft
Spread: 6 to 10 ft
Form: upright 
Type: deciduous large shrub, small multi-stem or single-stem tree
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 
Flowers: White 
Fruit: Red turning to blue 

Delicate, profuse Serviceberry flowers appear in spring.


Comments: This small tree has erect stems that form multi-stemmed clumps. It can also be trained when young, to a single-stem form. The small clusters of white flowers are followed by blue fruits that are edible and often eaten by birds. The fall color is usually yellow with red or orange. The plant is useful in wet soils. It can be used as an accent piece alone, or mixed with evergreens in a forest look or screen.

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