Western Serviceberry - bare root
Whether you call the Amelanchier alnifolia by it's most common name of Serviceberry or one of it's more exotic names such as Saskatoon, Shadbush, Shadblow, Indian Pear, Juneberry or May Cherry, you'll fall in love with this northwest native shrub. small leaves with yellow to orange fall color. Small clusters of white flowers. Reddish purple to black fruit.
Birds are particularly fond of this native. It is not unusual for a whole flock to alight on a Serviceberry when the fruit is ripe. They have quite a conversation as they noisily enjoy the fine berries, chatting and chirping and singing little trills. You might plant an extra shrub or two so there will be enough fruit to share. You won't want to miss out on a Serviceberry pie or some jam. Delicious! If you have enough berries, try a batch of homemade wine.
A choice deciduous shrub, Serviceberry is slow growing and reaches 10-25.’
Service berry is extremely hardy.
Found on rocky, dry slopes and well-drained thickets, Serviceberry prefers full sun and, aside from a generous layer of mulch, will require minimal attention.
Habitat: Drought-tolerant, sun to part-shade/sun
Widlife: Nectar source for butterflies, food source for native butterfly caterpillars and native wildlife; food source, shelter, or nesting sites for birds; Among species considered to be the most valuable wildlife plants by ODFW Naturescaping (2001) reference.