Amelanchier arborea (Downy Serviceberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Common in woodlands throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, this native provides seasonal interest from early spring blossoms through vivid fall color. Edible fruit is ready for picking early summer, but there will be fierce competition with the 58 wildlife and 35 bird species that use this tree.

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Height: 15–25 feet Spread: 15–25 feet Bloom Color: White Characteristics Multistemmed, deciduous small tree/large shrub; Budded shoots and young leaves covered in down; Clusters of fragrant, five-petaled flowers present before leaves for about a week from March to April; Fleshy, berry-like pomes ripen red to deep purple; Yellow or red autumn color Smooth, dappled bark splits and furrows as ages. Attributes Tolerates clay soil, drier soil, shade, air pollution; deer seldom-to-occasionally severely damage: Edible fruit harvested for pies and jams; Early food source for wildlife; excellent for attracting native bees; larval host for Red-spotted Purple butterfly and numerous moth species. Growing and Maintenance Tips Soil Requirements: Average, well-drained; Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade; Water Requirements: Moist; Sunnier the site, more prolific the flowers/fruit; To deter cedar-apple, -hawthorn, -quince rusts do not grow near Juniperus virginiana or prostrate junipers; Remove root suckers to allow for greater growth; Use near patios, in groups or woodland gardens; Hardiness: USDA Zones 4–9 Excellent Replacement for Albizia julibrissin - Mimosa / Silk Tree; Cornus species – Dogwoods; Paulownia tomentosa - Princess Tree; Pyrus calleryana - Bradford Pear

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