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Alder-leaved serviceberry

Amelanchier alnifolia

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This multi-stemmed shrub or tree can reach almost 20 feet tall. At one time, it was used medicinally for many conditions. Its autumn color is bright red or yellow and its small, edible black fruits attract much wildlife.

CareProvide full sun to part shade and moist, but well-drained, soil. Space 5 to 7 feet apart with 6-inch layer of manure.

ProblemsSusceptible to fireblight and fungal leaf spots.  Additionally, gymnosporangium rust and powdery mildew are common.  Dieback and cankers can be caused by fungi.

  • Genus : Amelanchier
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Fall Foliage
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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