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Serviceberry, Canadian – 12-18 (2-0)

Canadian Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), also known as Juneberry, is a small tree or large shrub with multiple stems.  It is one of the first shrubs to bloom in the spring.  Berries are now sold as saskatoons.  Serviceberry grows well in full to partial sun and can reach a height of 20-30 feet.  It will grow in sandy, loam or clay soil and requires an average to low moisture.  Serviceberry is a great wildlife species.

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Product Description

  • Seedling Size:  12-18″
  • Seedling Age:  2-0
  • Mature Height:  10 – 15 feet
  • Mature Width:  10 – 15 feet
  • Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy, Sandy
  • Moisture:  Dry, Moderate
  • Sun:  Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate:  Medium

Key Characteristics of Canadian Serviceberry

  • In the late spring, white flowers bloom at the tip of the branches.
  • Bark is light and dark grey and often looks blotchy.
  • Leaves are simple and alternately arranged on twigs.
  • Reddish berries typically ripen to black in June.  They are edible and sweet.

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Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) by Mokkie

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) by Mokkie

Canadian serviceberry makes a great alternative to invasive honeysuckle species (Lonicera spp.), which replace native plants in high quality natural areas, which in turn reduces critical food resources for birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures. Invasive honeysuckles in particular affect native ecosystems by throwing off the balance. While their flowers do provide nectar to birds and pollinating insects and the berries are food for birds and small mammals, the foliage is unpalatable to most native insects. Songbirds especially rely on insects to feed for their young to survive the growing season (click here for more info).