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Amelanchier arborea

Downy serviceberry

Benefits

  • Blooms early, even before the leaves appear
  • Nectar attracts butterflies and other pollinators
  • Provides berries for robins, bluebirds and other birds
  • Handsome landscape plant that grows well in moist soil
  • Edible berries are delicious in jams, jellies and pies
  • Great fall color

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils.


Height
15-25 ft

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Spread
15-25 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Found in open, rocky woods and slopes, wood borders and stream banks.

Native Trivia

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

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Fall Color
Plan Sub Group
Deciduous Trees
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Reptiles
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Habitat Collection
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Fragrant
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Native to
Alabama
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Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
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