Serviceberry or Amelanchier Canadensis is a great choice native tree for any part to full sun area. This fruit bearing flowering shrub is also called Juneberry, shadbush, shadblow and May cherry. These native fruiting trees can be grown as a multi-stemmed shrub or small flowering tree growing to 20 to 30 foot height range with a 10 to 15 foot spread. The beautiful flowers are plentiful, fragrant, and grouped in showy white clusters. They flower the earliest of the flowering trees and the fall foliage is a brilliant orange-yellow to red.
The berries of the Serviceberry Trees ripen in June are edible and tasty. They are a good source of iron and copper. Native Americans ate the berries raw and dried them into loaves for later use in soups, stews and mixed with meat and fat for travel food. They also used the wood for arrows, spears, and crosspieces for canoes. The juice of the berries was used as a dye. These service berry berries are used today in jams, jellies, and wines.
A very adaptable plant, Serviceberry may be found from southern Alaska south to California and east to Alberta. It is found southward at the east part of its range through the Dakotas, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Planting zones 3 to 7.
Plant Serviceberry Flowering Trees around areas you want to naturalize, as a screen, or as a specimen tree. It will be sure to spark interest when friends and neighbors come to call.