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Amelanchier laevis

Native Plants

Allegheny Serviceberry

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Summary

There is no doubt spring has arrived when Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) bursts into flower. Its cloud-like clusters of delicate white flowers, followed by delicious blue-black summer fruit, are treats for humans and wildlife alike. Allegheny serviceberry grows well in partial shade to full sun in slightly acidic, well drained soils where it can reach 20-40’ tall. Its multi-stemmed habit and silver gray bark make this plant an excellent companion on the woodland edge or places that receive afternoon shade. In the garden, it is a fine companion for mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), common witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), sour gum (Nyssa sylvatica), arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus), and flowering dogwood (CornusBenthamidia florida). Zones 4-8.


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  • Plant Type
    tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, orange, yellow 
  • Other Common Names
    shadblow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    blue-black